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The average adolescent has four vestigial third molars lingering deep in the gums at the back of their mouth. These wisdom teeth typically attempt to erupt from the gums in the late teenage years. As this starts to happen your son or daughter will likely complain of discomfort in the gums and a possible dull ache in their jaw muscles.

If your son or daughter has noticed any problems like this, you should set up a consultation with a dentist like Dr. Matthew Scaffa. In some of these cases an emergent wisdom tooth can become trapped or potentially impacted in the gums. Without professional intervention, the intense pressure exerted on the roots of the rear molars could lead to significant complications.

Most patients experiencing wisdom tooth discomfort need to have the teeth extracted, which can often be done in a single outpatient appointment. If a wisdom tooth has become impacted or there are other potential complications, our dentist might recommend full sedation.

After the wisdom teeth have been removed he will likely prescribe pain medication to help your son or daughter remain comfortable while their gums heal. They will need to be taken as directed at the stated times and dosages. We will provide you with any other necessary aftercare instructions.

If you live in the Staten Island, New York, area and your son or daughter have been complaining of wisdom tooth discomfort, you should call (718) 948 4393 to schedule an appointment at Staten Island Dental Arts Center.