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Old 09-19-2009, 11:11 PM
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I have three wisdom teeth

Why don't I have four?
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:13 PM
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If it makes you feel any better I have none and never have. Every time I go to the dentist they look at my xrays and assume my wisdom teeth have been pulled and sometimes don't beleive me when I tell them I never had any. Guess it's extremely rare to not have any wisdom teeth grow in.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:14 PM
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You're a bigger mutant than I am.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:42 PM
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:56 PM
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I had 6 wisdom teeth, four regular ones and two little tooth buds above the top ones about the size of peas. The doc took 'em all out while I was under conscious sedation. I think it was a Valium drip.

ETA: So to answer your question, just chalk it up to normal human variation

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Old 09-19-2009, 11:59 PM
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My front tooth is the 4th.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:02 AM
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Yeah, I had five. Now I have none.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:04 AM
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I also only had 3, (now I have one). You're not alone.

It happens, no big deal.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:05 AM
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If it makes you feel any better, one of our cats only has three of her fang teeth (are they still called canine teeth in cats? shouldn't they be feline teeth?). She didn't lose one in a fight or anything either. She was born that way.

At least people won't notice your missing wisdom tooth. Our cat looks like she's always making a face of some sort.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:07 AM
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One of my friends at work doesn't have any wisdom teeth either, and neither does his middle brother [he's oldest of 3 kids]. We're waiting to see if his baby girl has 'em or not.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:33 AM
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And some people think humans are not evolving!
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:36 AM
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Why don't I have four?
I dn't see that anyone has said the simple explanation. Sometimes they exist but don't break through the gums.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:41 AM
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I dn't see that anyone has said the simple explanation. Sometimes they exist but don't break through the gums.
There are only three in the X-rays.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:51 AM
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Then you're a variation on Cubsfan instead of a variation on me.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:58 AM
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Well shit, I only had four.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:03 AM
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Like Cubsfan, I never had any, visible or hidden. One dentist near retirement told me he had never seen a case of it before, but my current dentist said it wasn't so rare, just somewhat uncommon.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:50 AM
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Heh. My Dad doesn't have any, and my mother had all four. I had two, my brother had four, my sister has none.

I didn't even know it was that uncommon not to have them, since I grew up with people that didn't.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:08 AM
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I had four, but two of them came in completely sideways.

Before they were removed, I also had a considerable amount more money.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:16 AM
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I only have two, which have never been extracted. That makes me half as smart.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:10 PM
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I don't have any wisdom teeth, above or below the gumline.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:23 PM
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I also had five. My mother had to call the insurance company several times to assure them that the fifth extraction was not, in fact a duplicate claim.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:26 PM
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I only had three, and I don't have any adult canine teeth, either. I asked the dentist at one point if it had anything to do with my mother's nutrition (she was an unwed seventeen-year old with an unwanted pregnancy and I doubt she had a balanced diet) but he said it was just a genetic fluke.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:31 PM
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Six. Two little mutant ones up top besides the normal two, the right one was just removed a couple of months ago. It only erupted within the last year or so. I'm 33. Way too old to be growing more teeth. I had to get the neighboring tooth out so the little one went with it.

Number six on the left better not ever show up.

Apparently I got this from my mother's family. Thanks, Mom, I really appreciate that. Not.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:24 PM
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I had all four wisdom teeth, but I'm missing one of my adult bicuspids: That baby tooth just never had an adult tooth below it. When I got braces, the gap closed, and because of that, there was room for one of my four wisdom teeth to stick around (the other three got removed).

So I'm one of the few adults in the developed world who's not completely bereft of wisdom.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:29 PM
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And some people think humans are not evolving!
Exactly. Our evolution from a form with a longer "snout" continues.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:04 PM
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I had two, and one little part of a third. One of my kids had all four, the other had only bottoms.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:29 PM
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Some of my permanent teeth are congenitally missing. The dentist who made this discovery remarked that if I was lucky I'd be missing some of my wisdom teeth, too.



I was not lucky.
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:51 PM
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More anecdotal evidence for the whole evolving-out-of-it theory:

My dad has all four (had, they've been pulled) and my mother had three (I'll have to ask how many her siblings and parents have). I only have one, and, according to my x-rays, won't be getting any more. (Mine was allowed to stay--in fact, it was actually kind of useful since I used to have a gap between my teeth and as it grew in, the gap closed). My little brother is only sixteen, so I don't know if he'll have any or not.
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:12 PM
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More anecdotal evidence for the whole evolving-out-of-it theory:

My dad has all four (had, they've been pulled) and my mother had three (I'll have to ask how many her siblings and parents have). I only have one, and, according to my x-rays, won't be getting any more. (Mine was allowed to stay--in fact, it was actually kind of useful since I used to have a gap between my teeth and as it grew in, the gap closed). My little brother is only sixteen, so I don't know if he'll have any or not.
It's a lovely story, but one person's story stretching over two generations tells us exactly jack-squat about the evolution of the species.

This does get bandied about a bit as an example of evolution in process, not wholly without reason. But I'd be interested to follow this trait for a few thousand years. Now that we have the ability to remove them, selective pressure has been severely reduced, if not completely eliminated, so dreams of a wisdom-toothless population may not come to pass after all.
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:19 PM
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I had 3 adult front teeth, the third was coming in after the first two. Had it surgically removed before it caused problems.

Dentist explained that the tooth "buds" (?) can split apart and become more than one at a very early stage in dev. Not sure if accurate but that's what he told us.
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:23 PM
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Not meaning to hijack my friend's thread, but has anyone here ever had a "milk-tooth"?

I think that is an "extra" tooth along the upper gum line?

Thanks

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Old 09-21-2009, 05:32 PM
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Exactly. Our evolution from a form with a longer "snout" continues.
And here I thought they were spares. You know, for when the no dental plan caught up with the ancestry.

My ex had a deep enough mouth that his wisdom teeth came in with no problem. There was no noticable protrusion on the front of his face, but if he yawned without covering, you could see that his mouth went WAY back. Deep cavern.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:48 PM
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Six here, all impacted. Took advantage some free services at the VA Hospital in Chicago after I got out of the Marines in 1971. I pride myself on having a high tolerance for pain, but it was nothing less than sheer agony for a week after. Worst pain of my life.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:06 PM
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I feel so much better about my teeth now! I only have 3 wisdom teeth as well, and the bottom-right one is sideways. Food gets stuck in there ALL the time. :/

And I used to have two extra teeth above my regular ones, I think it was my canines on the top, but they yanked the regular teeth and pulled the other ones into place with braces.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:01 AM
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Some of my permanent teeth are congenitally missing. The dentist who made this discovery remarked that if I was lucky I'd be missing some of my wisdom teeth, too.

I was not lucky.
Me too. When I was five my dentist pointed out the fact that I was going to be missing an adult tooth (I kept that baby tooth til it cracked in half when I was in college) which was true of my mother and grandfather too. But all of my wisdom teeth exist. At least in theory -only three broke the surface and x-rays show that the fourth is sideways.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:29 AM
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Not meaning to hijack my friend's thread, but has anyone here ever had a "milk-tooth"?

I think that is an "extra" tooth along the upper gum line?

Thanks

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I had that as a teenager, sort of. My upper left canine milk tooth was firmly rooted in place and wouldn't leave on its own, so my adult canine took matters in its own little enamel hands and got out the side of my gum, screaming FREEEEDOOOOM. For a while, I had two teeth in the same place, one on top of the other. Very shark-like, but not all that efficient.

A few years later, the adult tooth finally managed to push the original tooth out, but to this day I still have an apparently abnormaly large canine (it seems a lot bigger than it is, because it's a bit forward, at an angle and sits higher on the gumline). I call it my vampire tooth. Works wonders to creepify little children, with the appropriate crooked smile .
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:15 AM
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Yeah, I had five. Now I have none.
I had five, now only have three, but may soon be down to just the one (that is deep within my gums and will probably never erupt. I can probably send an extra to the OP if he really needs it.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:03 PM
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I only have one wisdom tooth, and it's sideways and never coming in. I only have 24 teeth, with 4 of my molars never showing up. On top of that I'm also missing two more adult molars, and still have the baby teeth in their place. So I'm missing 9 adult teeth in all.

Yes, I've got lots of gaps in my teeth.

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Old 09-22-2009, 01:27 PM
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I never had any wisdom teeth, I also still have a baby molar at age 38. The bicuspid that was supposed to push it out never developed. My mother and one brother have similar stories.

According to my dentists, this not entirely unusual. It is genetic and thus tends to run in families. Enjoy your semi-uniqueness, there is very little else you can do, as growing the missing tooth is still not a medical option.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:11 PM
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It's a lovely story, but one person's story stretching over two generations tells us exactly jack-squat about the evolution of the species.
You're right. Another potential case of anecdotal heredity is more like what I should have said. I agree, it would be interesting to see what happens in another several thousand years.

(Called mom and she had one top, one bottom, both on the left, mine's top left. She's not sure about the rest of her fam. Little brother appears to have none (nothing visible on his dental charts yet, but I have no idea when that is supposed to happen).

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Old 09-22-2009, 08:06 PM
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My dentist says that a small but increasing percentage of the population (10%?) has no wisdom teeth.

Me, I have the normal 4, but I got lucky- I've got room in my mouth for them. (Although they hurt like all holy heck coming in).
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:15 PM
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Why don't I have four?
I only had three, too.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:19 PM
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I also have three (one emerged), with no pressing need to have any removed.

Wisdom teeth do have two evolutionary purposes, sort of: to help economically support dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons (by any reasonable definition, a fairly smart subset of the population); and as another bullet point in the argument against the "Intelligent Design" version of Creationism.

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