Your Teen May Need Dental Surgery for Their Wisdom Teeth

Posted on: May 15, 2017

Dental SurgeryWe can provide your teen with dental surgery in order to remove impacted wisdom teeth. This is a procedure that we perform on a regular basis for teens and adults. Most people do not need their third set of molars. While they used to be important, modern dentistry and oral health practices have made it possible to maintain other molars for a longer period of time and possibly, for the rest of one’s life.

As such, these molars are still in place when wisdom teeth try to grow in, and very often there is simply not enough room for them. This can lead to complications, discomfort, and the potential for an infection. In order to avoid many of these issues, you may simply want to have your wisdom teeth extracted. We can examine your teen and let you know what the options are, during an appointment.

Why Your Teen May Need to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed

#1. Your teen just got their braces off

If you have just spent several years and thousands of dollars on braces for your teen, the last thing that you want is for their teeth to move out of place because of their wisdom teeth growing in. The other teeth move since the wisdom teeth can push the remaining teeth forward. In order to avoid this and to prevent disruption of the teen’s treatment, it may be best to remove the wisdom teeth as soon as possible.

#2. Their wisdom teeth are hurting

Many teens will complain of their wisdom teeth hurting while growing in. If your child is suffering significant pain as the result of their third set of molars erupting,having them extracted can often be abetter option than having your teenlive with constant discomfort. This is especially true if only oneis growing in at a time since it could be years of pain versus only a few weeks.

#3. Their teeth are growing in impacted

If there is not enough room in your teen’s mouth for their wisdom teeth, it is likely that they will grow in impacted. This is problematic because it hurts their teeth and can jeopardize their oral health. Impacted teeth cause problems because they create pockets where food and plaque can become trapped. The pockets will often become infected and can lead to infections in the surrounding teeth, along with gum disease. The best way to avoid this problem is to have wisdom teeth extracted. Impacted teeth will also feel painful as they are growing in they can cause significant discomfort.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Dental Surgery

When you visit our office, we will examine your teen and take X-rays. We will then let you know whether it is likely dental surgery will be necessary in order to complete an extraction of the teen’s wisdom teeth. Sometimes, the teen does not require this because it is possible to simply grab a hold of the tooth and pull it out. If you are bringing your teen in for an extraction before teeth have fully erupted or their teeth are impacted in any way, surgery is most likely going to be necessary. To find out, call our Arleta office at (818) 473-1142 and schedule an examination.


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