Children’s wisdom teeth typically come in late in their high school years to early college (16-20). These 3rd set of molars can come into place perfectly straight and cause no issues whatsoever. Sadly, this is not always the case. These teeth can erupt from the gum line a cause a major dental nightmare.
There are two main types of wisdom teeth issues that typically arise – ERUPTED wisdom teeth and IMPACTED wisdom teeth.
ERUPTED WISDOM TEETH
An erupted tooth is one that has broken the gum line and is partially or fully visible. Once a tooth has erupted there is an increased risk of infection, jaw alignment issues due to crowding and pain that can cause terrible headaches. If the third molars (wisdom teeth) have fully erupted it is definitely time to have it looked at by a professional.
IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH
Often, pain from the back of the jaw area can be due to wisdom teeth impacting other teeth. The hard part about diagnosing impacted wisdom teeth is that they can impact without even being seen in the mouth. If they have not erupted from the gumline they still can hit the back molars and cause an extreme amount of pain. A significant number of teenagers have at least one impacted tooth and sometimes more. Preemptively extracting wisdom teeth before they can cause issues like this is highly recommended.
In many cases, wisdom teeth need to be removed for the health and safety of the child. If your child’s back teeth begin to hurt, call us today to schedule an emergency assessment.