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The four wisdom teeth lurking in the back of your child’s gums are essentially vestigial third molars that serve little purpose in the mouth of modern humans. Late in their adolescent years, these teeth can attempt to erupt through the periodontal tissues causing soreness and discomfort.

Some individuals lack the available space in the back of their mouth to accommodate a wisdom tooth, which could cause it to turn or become trapped. Sometimes a badly impacted wisdom tooth can damage the roots of a rear molar, leading to the loss of an otherwise healthy tooth.

To treat a problem of this magnitude a dentist like Dr. Lawrence Wu might recommend surgical extraction.

After their gums have been sutured he will provide you with any necessary prescriptions for pain and anti-inflammatory medications, which will need to be taken as directed.

While their gums are healing it’s best to provide them with a diet of softer foods to help minimize tension in their jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints. They should also avoid drinking through a straw, as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

It’s perfectly natural for the extraction sites to bleed for a few days after the procedure. When this happens they can minimize the bleeding by biting down lightly on some sterile gauze. Later they can cleanse their mouth by gently rinsing with some lukewarm saltwater.

If you are in the San Jose, California, area and your son or daughter have been experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 408-266-2800 to schedule an appointment at NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics.