Even if your son or daughter practices proper oral hygiene and has no known problems, it’s important to schedule twice-yearly exams and X-rays. One of the reasons for this is to monitor wisdom teeth.
If your child’s wisdom teeth emerge during adolescence, it’s important to work with your pediatric dentist on a course of action.
When a wisdom tooth (or third molar) tries to erupt but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted.
This can cause a variety of problems:
- It may become inflamed
- It may become painful
- It may trap particles of food that lead to tooth decay or gum disease
It’s difficult for men and women of any age to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of cavities, dentists pay special attention to them.
If your child has braces, or you are planning for orthodontia in the future, you’ll need to involve your orthodontist in decisions regarding wisdom teeth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be taken out—but all of them need to be monitored.
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