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Wisdom teeth are essentially vestigial third molars that develop within the gums at the back of the mouth. They typically attempt to emerge from the gums at some point after your child’s adult molars have fully come in. Unfortunately, the back of the mouth rarely has sufficient room to accommodate all four wisdom teeth.

This can cause significant discomfort, pressure in the gums, or a persistent ache in their jaw muscles. Sometimes a wisdom tooth can become trapped, turned at an unnatural angle, or impacted in the gums. As time goes by the discomfort can gradually increase, cause a painful dental cyst, or harm the roots of your child’s rear molars.

Sometimes wisdom teeth can be extracted without need for sedation. However, a significantly impacted tooth might require surgical extraction at Oral Surgery of Tidewater.

This is also a good opportunity to have all their wisdom teeth extracted. This will spare them the needless discomfort of two separate treatments.

After the extraction, Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray will likely provide your child with a prescription for pain management or anti-inflammatory medication. While their gums are healing, your son or daughter will need to stick to eating soft foods and avoid drinking through a straw. Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray will provide you with any other special aftercare instructions.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area and you’re concerned about your child’s wisdom teeth, you should call (757) 544-9192 to set up a consultation appointment at Oral Surgery of Tidewater.