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Wisdom teeth start to erupt from the gums late in adolescence at some point after your son or daughter’s permanent molars emerge. As this starts to happen they might feel increased pain and pressure in the back of their mouth. This can also cause a persistent dull ache that feels like it’s in the jaw muscles around their temporomandibular joints.

Sometimes a wisdom tooth can turn at an unnatural angle that prevents it from fully emerging from the periodontal tissues. This could eventually threaten the overall health of one or more of their rear molars.

In a situation like this, you should schedule a consultation exam with Dr. Daniel Cannon After a thorough examination he might recommend having the wisdom tooth extracted or surgically excised. This might require a second appointment with deep sedation to help maintain your child’s comfort during the dental extraction.

Dr. Daniel Cannon will likely prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain management medication as needed. While their gums are healing they will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. So, it might help to stock up on mashed potatoes, soups, applesauce, and yogurt.

Proper hydration is important. However, they will need to avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could harm a healing incision.

If you live in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area and your son or daughter is experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call 918.743.1351, to schedule a consultation appointment at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.