Certain conditions require tooth extractions. There are many reasons why this may be necessary. First, remember that our dentist will never recommend tooth extractions if there is any other option for treatment. It’s important to understand why an extraction is necessary and what the procedure will involve. Let’s talk about it.
Causes of Tooth Extractions
There are various reasons why your child may need an extraction. Extensive tooth decay often requires extraction. Sometimes, restorative treatment is not possible. Also, teeth that are chipped or damaged beyond repair will need to be removed.
Sometimes baby teeth fail to fall out and adult teeth either can’t emerge or emerge in the incorrect place. Extracting the baby teeth becomes necessary in this case. Also, teeth may be extracted in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Baby Tooth Extractions
There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical. Simple extractions are when the tooth is clearly visible in the mouth. First, the dentist uses a device called an “elevator” to loosen the tooth. Then, the tooth is extracted with forceps. Normally, only a local anesthetic is used for these extractions.
Surgical extractions are used when the tooth is embedded in, or partially covered by the jawbone. Fortunately, this can usually be performed with local anesthetic and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). However, some cases will require IV sedation or general anesthesia. This will depend on your child’s circumstances. We will always choose the best service for your child.
After the procedure you will need to monitor your child’s behavior and healing. First, it’s important to restrict your child’s eating until the numbness has worn off. This will help avoid any painful and damaging bites to the tongue and cheek. Also, avoid letting your child drink from a straw as this can dislodge the blood clot that forms right after extraction.
Furthermore, to decrease swelling you should apply ice packs in twenty-minute intervals. Also, your dentist will recommend over the counter pain medications. This well help your child be comfortable during the recovery process.
After an extraction, your child will need to resume regular oral hygiene. However, ensure that they are careful and gentle around the extraction area. Proper care will promote a quick recovery.
Along with routine dental care and cleanings, we also have the expertise and experience to treat a variety of dental issues. Contact us today and let us care for your child’s oral health.