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The average adolescent has four wisdom teeth developing deep in the periodontal tissues deep at the back of their mouth. They tend to attempt to erupt from the gums at some point after all of your son or daughter’s permanent molars have come in.

Initial symptoms that this process has started often involves a sensation of pressure in the gums, and often a persistent ache in the jaw muscles. If your child doesn’t have sufficient room to accommodate these vestigial molars it’s possible for one or more to become trapped or impacted in the periodontal tissues.

In some of these cases a wisdom tooth can turn at an unnatural angle. This could potentially threaten the health and integrity of one or more of your child’s permanent molars.

To prevent these problems Dr. Will Allen might recommend surgically extracting the wisdom tooth. Even if the other wisdom teeth haven’t been problematic, this could still be a good opportunity to extract them in the same treatment session.

Sometimes Dr. Will Allen can perform the extraction without need for sedation. However, a significantly impacted tooth might require full sedation to help your son or daughter remain comfortable throughout the oral surgery.   

After extracting the wisdom teeth Dr. Will Allen will suture the gums and provide you with a prescription for or anti-inflammatory or pain medication. Any other dietary questions or concerns will also be addressed. This often includes eating soft foods and drinking fluids without using a straw.  

If you live in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and your child is experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 502-587-7874 to set up a consultation appointment at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.