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Pressure and discomfort in the back of the mouth and underlying gum tissues can often herald the early emergence of wisdom teeth. Most people lack the sufficient room in the back of the mouth to accommodate emergent wisdom teeth. Even if one or more does manage to emerge without severe complications it will still be subject to tooth decay and periodontal health problems.

To prevent these things from occurring, Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton typically recommends having your son or daughter’s wisdom teeth extracted at some point in late adolescence.

After the extraction, Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain medication. If there were any concerns of infection from a dental cyst or dental abscess, he might also include a prescription for ingestible antibiotics.

Your son or daughter might notice minor bleeding coming from the extraction sites for the first few days after the wisdom teeth have been removed. They can help control the bleeding by biting down lightly on a small roll of sterile gauze. Afterward, they can remove any residual blood by gently rinsing their mouth with a little lukewarm saltwater.

It will help minimize muscular discomfort if they stick to diet of soft foods for a few days. Keeping foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt on hand will help keep their energy up. They should also avoid drinking beverages from a straw, as the suction could accidentally pull blood clots loose and increase their chances of suffering dry sockets.

If you live in the Lawrence, Kansas, area and your son or daughter is experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 785-312-3820 to schedule a consultation appointment at Lawrence Periodontics, LLC.