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Wisdom teeth are essentially vestigial third molars that no longer play a role in the modern mouth. Most adolescents have four wisdom teeth developing deep in the periodontal tissues behind their rear molars. They typically attempt to emerge from the gums at some point after all their primary teeth have been replaced by their permanent teeth.

Early symptoms of a problem can include a dull ache or feeling of pressure, and discomfort in the gums Some people also complain of a sense of soreness in the lower jaw muscles.

As this starts to occur Dr. Zack Nimri will likely recommend having the wisdom teeth extracted before they can cause further problems. If you delay the extraction it could cause increased pain and even threaten the health of the rear molars.

Dr. Zack Nimri can often extract wisdom teeth in a single outpatient appointment. Afterward, Dr. Zack Nimri will likely prescribe pain management medication to help your son or daughter remain comfortable while their gums heal and the extraction sites knit together.

During the recovery process, your child will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. Stocking up on applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt might be helpful.

Staying hydrated is also very important, just make sure they know not to drink with a straw. The suction could potentially pull blood clots loose from the incision sites.

The extraction sites might bleed a little for the first few days after the extraction. They can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on some rolled up gauze. Then a gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater can clear your mouth.

If you are in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and your child is experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 480-988-7007 to schedule a consultation at Higley Dental Care.