Will Your Teenager Need Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
If you have a teenager then your pediatric dentist at the Kids Dentistry Center will probably want to discuss their wisdom teeth with you when they reach the age of 16 or so. By this stage Dr. Marina Krepkh or another of our excellent pediatric dentists will have been keeping a close eye on the way these third molars are developing and we will have taken dental x-rays to show their position in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth which are the last permanent teeth to come through, usually during the late teens or early twenties. These teeth are located right at the back of the mouth and while some will be able to erupt normally, it is not uncommon for there to be problems.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Such a Lot of Problems?
Many wisdom teeth are unable to erupt because there simply isn’t enough room for them and in this case our pediatric dentists will recommend extraction. One of the most common problems with wisdom teeth is impaction. Wisdom teeth can become stuck in the jaws in a variety of different positions. Some will try to erupt sideways and out through the gums while others will attempt to push up underneath the teeth next door. If wisdom teeth are impacted or will only be able to partially erupt then they can cause pain, swelling and infection.
Early Extraction Is Better
If an x-ray reveals your teenager would be better off having that wisdom teeth extracted, then it’s wise to get this done sooner rather than later. Early wisdom tooth extraction is easier when carried out in younger patients. This is because the roots are less well formed and are not so strongly anchored into the jawbone. One problem with older patients is that often the roots have fused with the jawbone which makes it more difficult for a dentist to extract the tooth. In addition older people don’t tend to heal as easily as youngsters so having adult wisdom teeth extracted can often be more complicated and may result in more discomfort.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Is Normally Straightforward
Most wisdom teeth extractions can be performed by Dr. Krepkh or another of our pediatric dentists. The procedure should be very straightforward and afterwards the empty socket should heal within a week or two. It’s quite normal to feel a little bit of discomfort and swelling after this type of surgery, but the Kids Dentistry Center will give you lots of advice on helping your teenager cope with these symptoms.
Oral Care after Tooth Extraction
The most important thing is to make sure the blood clot that develops in the empty socket isn’t dislodged. Parents and caregivers can help by providing soft, easy to eat foods that are less likely to become trapped around the teeth. It’s best to avoid sucking through a straw and spitting as these actions can dislodge the blood clot. Otherwise the rest of the teeth can be cleaned normally as it is important to keep up a good oral hygiene routine. Typically, recovery should be smooth and uneventful.
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Dr. Marina Krepkh
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Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)