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Here at Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C., we often recommend that you have your child’s wisdom teeth extracted as a preventative measure against future complications. Thoughtful preparation and quality aftercare will help your child get back on their feet as soon as possible. We generally recommend having wisdom teeth removed after all of your child’s permanent teeth have come in.

In some situations, we can extract your child’s wisdom teeth in our office. However, if one or more wisdom teeth are impacted, we will likely refer your child to an oral surgeon.

The average person has four wisdom teeth, but it is not uncommon for some individuals to have as many as six wisdom teeth.

The first wisdom tooth usually starts to emerge sometime in late adolescence. An early symptom often includes a deep ache in the gums or rear of the jaw. Some people also complain of tension and pressure in the jaw muscles.

Emerging wisdom teeth often become crowded in the back of the mouth, and some can even become impacted or trapped within the gums. This can threaten the roots of healthy molars and lead to other serious complications.

Even if one or two of your child’s wisdom teeth manages to emerge from the gums without providing complications, it will still require regular brushing and flossing. Emergent wisdom teeth are often challenging to clean, which makes them prone to tooth decay.

If your child is starting to feel an ache or pain in their jaw or if they are experiencing other signs of wisdom tooth emergence, you should call Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment regarding wisdom-tooth removal in North Providence, Rhode Island. Your dentist, Dr. Aaron Ercole, will be happy to help you!