Most people have four wisdom teeth embedded in the gums at the back of the mouth. These vestigial third molars tend to develop in the teenage years and later attempt to emerge from the gums behind each rear molar. As they attempt to erupt from the gums the wisdom teeth often exert significant pressure which can cause discomfort as well as a related ache in the jaw muscles.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should set up an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Mark Hughen and his staff. After some basic diagnostics, he may recommend extracting the wisdom teeth to alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications.
The procedure can often be performed in a single outpatient appointment. If one or more of the wisdom teeth have become trapped or impacted deep in the periodontal tissues he might recommend surgical extraction which will require full sedation.
After extracting the wisdom teeth our dentist will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or other pain medications which will need to be taken as directed. We will provide you with any additional aftercare instructions.
If you live in the Midland, Texas, area and you or your child has been experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 432-570-7080 to set up an appointment at Primary Dental Clinic.