If your teen has been complaining about sore gums and tooth pain near the back of their mouth, there is a good chance that one or more of their wisdom teeth are growing in. Wisdom tooth issues should involve consulting with your child's dental provider and scheduling a dental exam for your teen.

The Alignment Of Teeth

Your consultation will provide you with some information about what your teen can expect during the exam. The exam will be similar to a routine dental checkup. The dentist will examine the health of your child's teeth. They will also pay close attention to the positioning of the teeth. Wisdom teeth will need plenty of space to grow properly. If the dentist confirms that one or more wisdom teeth are growing in, they will determine if there may be issues with overcrowding.

If the teeth won't have enough space to grow in, the dentist may suggest wisdom teeth surgery. The surgical procedure is an elective type of surgery. It will, however, be in your best interest to seek surgery if the pain that your teen is experiencing is severe or if the dentist has noted swelling along the gum line.

The Removal Of Wisdom Teeth

A dentist can extract one or more wisdom teeth during a surgical procedure. If your teen's dentist is one that provides general dentistry services,  you may receive a referral for your teen to be treated by an oral surgeon. An oral surgeon is a specialized dentist who performs complex procedures. A wisdom tooth surgery will be performed in a dental office that is similar to a standard office within a general dentistry business.

X-rays are usually used to confirm the positioning of a wisdom tooth. If your teen is nervous about receiving this type of surgery, the dental provider will consult with them and help ease any uncertainties that they have. They can show them the x-rays and point out why it will be beneficial to have the wisdom tooth or wisdom teeth removed. If your teenager is going to need to have multiple teeth extracted, they can have the surgeries performed on the same day or have one tooth extracted on multiple occasions.

There will be some bleeding during the surgery, and your loved one may also experience bleeding after the surgical procedure is finished. The oral surgeon will prescribe medication to ease the pain. They will also advise your teen about the aftercare steps that they should follow.