When it comes to your child’s smile and oral health, we consider tooth extractions to only be a last resort. However, if restorative treatments are not enough to save your child’s natural tooth, their tooth has become damaged beyond repair, or their neighboring teeth are at risk, we can perform a tooth removal in-house. Our dentists will make sure to fully explain why we may need to perform this treatment and help your child remain calm and collected during the entirety of their appointment.
While we don’t consider tooth extractions as a first option in virtually any situation, there are times where it’s the best option. For example, a tooth is typically removed if severe tooth decay is present or if gum disease has broken down the foundational tissue responsible for holding teeth in place. However, teeth may also be removed to make room for orthodontic treatment or as a result of physical trauma, such as a bad fall.
During tooth removal, we make sure to provide local anesthetic to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to ensure a virtually pain-free experience for your child. We also administer sedation at this stage if requested. From there, the removal of the tooth is a relatively simple procedure. After gently rocking it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw, we can carefully remove it and then have your child bite down onto a gauze pad so the socket can begin to heal.
Following their extraction, we’ll go over in great detail the best steps for helping their mouth heal. This includes but is not limited to: