Is Your Teen Ready for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
August 25, 2014
More than 80 percent of Americans will have issues with their wisdom teeth during their lifetime. These problems include symptoms of pain to severe infections, sometimes life threatening. Due to this outstanding statistic, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends preemptive wisdom teeth removal during early adulthood or even as early as the patient’s teen years.
Timing is everything, and when it comes to wisdom teeth. Having surgery before the root structure can fully develop can minimize or eliminate post-extraction pain. If you’re concerned about making the right decision for your child and his or her wisdom teeth here are a few symptoms to look out for and recommendations to help guide your choices.
Your child’s orthodontist or dentist should be watching for impacted wisdom teeth and other problems to arise as he or she heads into their middle teen years. Depending on their overall dental health and tooth development, an orthodontist or dentist may refer your child to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a consultation on wisdom teeth removal. If your child’s dentist or orthodontist has not referred your son or daughter and you are still concerned about this issue, it’s advisable to speak directly to your child’s oral care provider.
Oral health complications
When a wisdom tooth fails to erupt in the proper way, it is considered impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause several oral health complications. One of which is infection, such as gum problems and cavities, due to the inability to properly clean and floss around the teeth. In other cases, food may also be getting trapped underneath the gum flaps leading to infection and discomfort. Another sign of impacted teeth is crowding. When teeth crowd together, they are unable to further develop naturally.
It’s not unusual for patients to experience acute symptoms connected to wisdom tooth issues. These symptoms include pain or sensitivity in the tooth, inflammation or discomfort of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, jaw stiffness or pain in the area of the wisdom tooth or teeth and teeth growing in at an odd angle causing them to scrape or cut the cheeks and or gum. If any of these occur, you should take your child to the dentist immediately. It’s important to diagnose and treat the cause as quickly as possible to avoid any serious dental issues from forming.
If you’re a parent in Wilmington that suspects your teen may be developing problems with their wisdom teeth, Wilmington Oral Surgery can help. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Hasson at Wilmington Oral Surgery or make an appointment by contacting us at 910-793-0440 today!