Going under the knife to get your wisdom teeth taken out has become something of a rite of passage. It means you've reached the ripe old age of 17–25 and you're transitioning from adolescence into the world of young adulthood. Adulting is stressful enough as it is, so here's some good news: you probably don't really have to go through the added pain and discomfort of getting teeth pulled out at the same time. There is mounting evidence that wisdom teeth extraction is unnecessary.
The Tooth Hurts
Root of the Problem
Why Wisdom Teeth Still Grow Anyways
Why Don't We Need Our Wisdom Teeth Anymore?
We once needed them. But just because we no longer need them doesn't mean we need them extracted.
Written by Austin Jesse Mitchell November 11, 2016
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