Even if your youngster practices daily oral hygiene and has no known problems, it’s important to schedule twice-yearly exams and X-rays with us at the Pediatric Dental Center in Burlington KY.
One of the reasons for this is to keep track of wisdom teeth. If your child’s wisdom teeth emerge during adolescence, it’s vital to work with your pediatric dentist on a course of action.
When a wisdom tooth (or third molar) tries to erupt but is blocked by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted.
This can cause a variety of problems:
- It may become inflamed
- It may become painful
- It may trap particles of food that lead to tooth decay or gum disease
It’s difficult for people of any age to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of tooth decay, dentists pay special attention to them.
If your son or daughter has braces, or you are planning for orthodontia in the future, you’ll need to involve your orthodontist in decisions regarding wisdom teeth.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be taken out—but all of them need to be monitored.
If your child hasn’t had an exam or X-rays in the past year, schedule an appointment at Pediatric Dental Center in Burlington KY right away. We offer pediatric dentistry with an emphasis on preventative care. Call today.
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