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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
For several reasons:
Early removal of wisdom teeth is safest. Once roots are completely formed, removal becomes more difficult and can be associated with complications to surrounding structures. Fully erupted wisdom teeth can be extracted with a minimally invasive procedure.
Impacted teeth are removed by making an incision in the gum to expose the tooth. If bone covers the tooth, the surgeon will remove a small portion of the bone. Sutures will hold the gum together once the tooth has been removed, and will either dissolve on their own or be removed.
Most wisdom teeth extractions are performed in the dentist's office under local anesthesia. Consult your child's dentist or oral surgeon about supplements to local anesthesia or alternative forms of anesthesia, if your child is particularly anxious.
Infection is rare but can occur; symptoms include fever, swelling, pain and a prolonged foul taste in the mouth. If this should occur, contact your child's surgeon immediately.
A dry socket develops if the blood clot that formed after the tooth was extracted prematurely loosens, leaving the socket open and dry. The exact cause of a dry socket is mostly unknown but certain risk factors, such as smoking, increase the likelihood of it happening.
During the first 72 hours following surgery, an ice pack may reduce swelling and decrease bleeding. Skin discoloration can occur which should disappear within a few days. For the first two days following the operation, your child should eat soft food and stay well hydrated.
During the first three to five days, make sure you or your adolescent avoids the following:
Any of these could disrupt the blood clot and delay healing.
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