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Wisdom Teeth Removal for Kids: What Every Parent Should Know

One rite of passage for many teenagers is the removal of their wisdom teeth. These third molars typically come in between the ages of 17 – 25 and can cause issues if there isn’t enough room in the mouth for them to properly erupt. As a parent, you should be informed about wisdom teeth removal so you can best support your child through this process. Children’s Dental Clinic & Orthodontics of Las Cruces is here to guide you every step of the way, from initial consultation to post-operative care.

Why it’s necessary to remove wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth often grow in at an angle or get stuck under the gums, which can lead to a range of problems, such as overcrowding, shifting of other teeth and even infection. In some cases, they may come in normally and not cause any issues; however, it’s important for your child’s dentist or orthodontist to monitor their wisdom teeth as they develop.

Optimal timing for wisdom teeth removal

The ideal time for wisdom teeth removal varies for each individual, but generally, it’s recommended to have them removed before the age of 25. This is because the roots of the teeth may not be fully formed yet, making the procedure less complicated and the recovery time shorter. Consult with your child’s dentist or orthodontist to determine the best course of action.

Recognizing the early signs of wisdom teeth

The first signs of wisdom teeth coming in typically include discomfort or pain in the back of the mouth and jaw, as well as swelling and redness in the gums. Your child may also have difficulty opening their mouth fully or chewing.

What to expect during and after wisdom teeth removal

The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, meaning your child will be awake but not feel any pain. Sedation or general anesthesia may also be used. The dentist or oral surgeon will remove the wisdom teeth and may need to make small incisions in the gums to access the wisdom teeth and remove them. Stitches may or may not be required to close these incisions.

Post-operative care and dietary recommendations

After the procedure, your child can expect some swelling, discomfort and mild bleeding for a few days. It’s important for them to follow post-operative instructions closely, including taking prescribed pain medication and antibiotics, eating a soft diet and keeping the mouth clean to prevent infection.

In the first few days after surgery, it’s best to stick to a diet of soft foods that require minimal chewing. Good options include:

  • Seedless smoothies
  • Mashed potatoes or pureed soups
  • Scrambled eggs or omelets
  • Yogurt or pudding
  • Oatmeal or other cooked cereals

Avoid hard, crunchy foods and anything that requires a lot of chewing. It’s also important to avoid using straws, as the suction can dislodge blood clots and prolong healing.

Contact us for your child’s wisdom teeth removal needs

Affordable, high-quality dental care for your child is right around the corner at Children’s Dental Clinic & Orthodontics of Las Cruces. Our experienced team of pediatric dentists is dedicated to providing gentle and effective treatment for wisdom teeth removal. Schedule an appointment today to get started.

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