If your child is getting into their teen years and has lost all their baby teeth, it’s time to keep their adult teeth in shape and set them for life. Oral health for teens is equally important as that for adults. Maintaining oral hygiene and taking care of the teeth from a young age ensures that your little one doesn’t fall prey to severe dental problems in their adulthood. In this situation, the best advice we can give you is to visit our clinic and get their dental check-up done. Wisdom teeth and malocclusion are the most common problems in the teenage years.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your little one is experiencing sudden pain in the jaw or their gums are becoming unusually tender, know that these are the signs of impacted wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth can impact easily, which is why you need to take quick action and bring your kid to our dental clinic.
We will perform an X-Ray during their routine dental exam and may recommend over-the-counter painkillers. We may also recommend putting ice on the inside of the mouth to reduce inflammation. Once the wisdom teeth break through the gums, the symptoms such as pain, inflammation, swelling, etc., subside. However, if they persist, see us again so that we will diagnose their mouth for other health issues.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
Some instances of your wisdom teeth may require their removal. We may suggest the extraction of the teeth of your child if their teeth cause them extreme pain or become infected. We may also suggest teeth extraction if they crowd the other teeth or make it hard to clean them. The wisdom teeth of your child must be removed by the age of 20. During this age, the bones and roots of the teeth are softer, thus making it easier to remove them.
Malocclusion affects not only the oral functionality but the aesthetics of the smile as well. Over time, it can lead to unwanted pressure applied on the teeth and jawbone, which can cause permanent damage and a change in facial aesthetics. Hence, we recommend early treatment in the form of dental braces or Invisalign. They are custom-fabricated according to the severity of your malocclusion, the contour of your jaws, the size of your jawbone, etc. The treatment duration may span between 6 months to a couple of years based on the type of teeth misalignment.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.