The Whole Tooth about Wisdom Teeth | The Institute for Creation Research

 
The Whole Tooth about Wisdom Teeth

Were you ever told that your wisdom teeth had to come out because they were crowding your other teeth — and this was because the modern human jaw was slowly evolving? In a section of a popular high school biology text (2002) entitled, "Critical Thinking," the two authors discuss removal of people's wisdom teeth supposedly due to "evolution of the human jaw." But this has nothing to do with macroevolution and everything to do with diet. Processed and refined foods in modern societies have resulted in our reduced use of wisdom teeth. When refined foods are constantly eaten, there is no stimulus for robust jaw development and erupting wisdom teeth become crowded. Failure of the wisdom teeth to erupt in normal position results in many cases of a developmental cyst around the crown of the tooth and problems result. Does this sound like macroevolution? Furthermore, there are virtually no "primitive" cultures with impacted teeth because their hearty diet uses wisdom teeth to grind and crush raw and unprocessed foods. One might say "use it or loose it" applies here! Does the biology text you have (or your children or grandchildren) use the unscientific explanation of wisdom teeth removal because of "the evolution of the human jaw"?

Speaking of the alleged evolution of teeth — the fossil record documents excellent, well-designed tooth patterns found in whatever animals are unearthed — be they apes or dinosaurs. This is not according to Darwinism. If evolution were true, fossil experts should find billions of fossilized creatures with badly formed jaws and teeth — testimony to evolution's blind tinkering. Museum display cases should be full of skulls clearly showing evolution's botched dental experiments such as jaws with atypical eruption patterns and other defects — until the assumed processes of natural selection and mutations finally "got it right."

But, just as the creation model predicts, there is a clear absence of these tried-but-failed dental evolution experiments. Each time wisdom teeth — or any other type of teeth — are found in the fossil record, they're beautifully formed and ready for use. Such dental design is seen when we loose our "baby" teeth at approximately seven years old to full-grown adult teeth. The fossil record shows teeth have always been teeth.

Cite this article: Frank Sherwin, D.Sc. (Hon.). 2003. The Whole Tooth about Wisdom Teeth. Acts & Facts. 32 (3).

The Latest
NEWS
Photosynthetic Proteins Power Plants
Some scientists think the photosynthetic process is all but figured out since the discovery of more details regarding the place, assembly, and function...

DAYS OF PRAISE DEVOTIONALS
Summer 2024
...

CREATION PODCAST
Uncovering the Secrets of Earth's Oceans | The Creation Podcast:...
The oceans cover most of our planet's surface. Uniformitarians claim the oceans are nearly 4 billion years old, but the evidence says otherwise.   Host...

NEWS
A Giant Ichthyosaur: Largest Ever Marine Reptile?
Paleontologists have discovered portions of a giant ichthyosaur’s lower jawbone on Blue Anchor Beach at the southern entrance to the United Kingdom’s...

NEWS
New Titanosaur Species Discovered in Uruguay and Argentina
The pre-Flood world had some truly massive dinosaurs, and the largest of them were in the group Sauropodomorpha.1 Within this group were...

NEWS
May 2024 ICR Wallpaper
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you...

NEWS
Was a Key to Photosynthesis Evolution Discovered?
Northern Canadian lakes were the source of recently discovered unique photosynthetic bacteria of the phylum Chloroflexota. After years of culturing,...

CREATION PODCAST
Four Moons That Indicate a Young Universe | The Creation Podcast:...
Earth has one moon, but Jupiter has many! What can we learn from our celestial neighbor's satellites? Do they indicate youth?   Host...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Kids: Seeds and Sprouts
by Renée Dusseau and Susan Windsor* You're never too young to be a creation scientist and explore our Creator's world. Kids, discover...

APOLOGETICS
Christ’s Creativity in Canyon Critters
Grand Canyon animals display many marvelous traits and behaviors as they live life in that harsh habitat. These canyon creatures succeed thanks to the...