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As your child grows the structure of their jaw starts to change. As the years go by, their primary teeth give way to the permanent teeth that will need to serve them for the rest of their life. This change also includes the presence of wisdom teeth in the gums at the back of their mouth.

These third molars are essentially vestigial teeth that do not play a role in the modern mouth. They typically attempt to emerge from the gums at some point after your child’s permanent molars have come in.

This could cause a dull ache, or feeling of pressure, and discomfort in the gums at the back of their mouth. Some people also complain of a sense of soreness in the lower jaw muscles.

In a situation like this, Dr. Sid Tucker will likely recommend having the wisdom teeth extracted, before they can cause further problems. If you delay the extraction it could cause increased pain and even threaten the health of the rear molars.

Dr. Sid Tucker can often extract wisdom teeth in a single outpatient appointment. Afterward, Dr. Sid Tucker will likely prescribe pain management medication to help your son or daughter feel comfortable during the recovery process.

While their gums are healing they will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. Staying hydrated is also very important, just be sure they known not to drink with a straw. The suction could potentially pull blood clots loose from the incision sites.

It’s natural for the incision sites to bleed a little for the first few days after the extraction. They can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on some rolled up gauze. Then a gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater can clear your mouth.

If you are in the Bardonia, New York, area and your child is experience wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 845-623-6666 to schedule a consultation at Hudson Valley Periodontics and Implantology.