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Your child’s oral development in their adolescent years includes the total replacement of their primary teeth to accommodate the 32 adult teeth that will serve them throughout their adult life. The process also includes the development of four wisdom teeth deep in the gums at the back of their mouth.

These vestigial third molars play little to no functional role in the human mouth. For many individuals their attempted emergence in late adolescence can cause discomfort as well as other undue complications.

If your child has started to complain about a persistent dull ache in the back of their mouth or a related pain radiating from their temporomandibular joints, it’s best to set up an appointment with a periodontist like Drs. Elliot Neuman or Douglas Neuman.

In some of these cases an emergent wisdom tooth can start to turn at an improper angle or potentially become trapped in the gum tissues. An impacted wisdom tooth that applies excess pressure on the roots of a rear molar could eventually lead to tooth loss.

With many of these cases our periodontist will recommend extracting the offending wisdom tooth, which will likely include extracting the remaining teeth to prevent future complications. Once the affected gum tissues have been carefully sutured he will likely provide them with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or other pain medications, which will need to be taken as directed.

Our periodontist will provide you with any other recovery instructions to help your child’s gums to heal quickly.

If you live in the area surrounding Lexington, Kentucky, and your son or daughter has started to complain about wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 859-252-7726 to schedule an appointment at Bluegrass Periodontics.