Wisdom teeth are essentially vestigial third molars that develop deep in the gums at the back of the mouth in mid-to-late-adolescence. As they attempt to emerge the wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, a dull ache and related pain in the nearby temporomandibular joints.
If your son or daughter has noticed any problems like this, you should set up a consultation with one of our experienced oral surgeons. Sometimes one or more wisdom teeth can become trapped or impacted in the gums. Without professional intervention, these teeth could eventually start to threaten the roots of the otherwise healthy rear molars.
In many of these causes we will likely recommend having their wisdom teeth extracted. This can help prevent further pain and later complications.
The extraction is often done a single outpatient appointment. If a wisdom tooth has become impacted, we may suggest full sedation. After the extraction, we will likely prescribe pain medication for your son or daughter to help them remain comfortable while their gums heal. They will need to be taken as directed at the stated times and dosages. Our specialists at Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will provide you with any other necessary aftercare instructions.
If you live in the Santa Barbara, California, area and your son or daughter is experiencing early symptoms of wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 805-735-3665 to schedule an appointment at Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. David McAninch and Dr. Robert Kiken are here to help your family with the quality care they deserve.