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Wisdom teeth develop and linger in the gums at the back of the mouth during adolescence. In the later teenage years, wisdom teeth attempt to erupt from the periodontal tissues. As this process starts, your son or daughter might complain about a dull ache, pressure, and discomfort in the gums. This can sometimes also cause pain in the jaw muscles.

In a moment such as this, you should set up a consultation for your child to meet with oral and maxillofacial surgeonss like Drs. McAninch and Kiken. In many of these causes, our oral and maxillofacial surgeonss will likely recommend removing the wisdom teeth. This can help prevent further pain and long-term complications.

The process of extracting wisdom teeth is often done a single outpatient appointment. If one or more wisdom tooth is impacted, our oral and maxillofacial surgeonss may suggest full sedation. After the extraction, they will likely prescribe pain medication to help your child remain comfortable while their gums heal.

Any specific aftercare instructions will be covered by Dr. McAninch, Dr. Kiken, and the staff specialists at Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

If you live in the Lompoc, California, area, and if your son or daughter is experiencing early symptoms of wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 805-735-3665 to schedule an appointment.