Here at Smile Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we are proud to offer tooth extractions to our patients.
Tooth extractions can be necessary for many reasons. Some teeth are too diseased to save. There are times when a tooth is too damaged. We might also remove teeth if your child’s mouth is overcrowded.
We will always do a thorough examination with X-rays to determine the best course of action for your child. We will go through your options so we can make the right decision for your child.
If we decide your child needs an extraction, we will numb the area prior to starting. We will then pull the tooth. There is usually a small amount of bleeding because the mouth will form a blood clot to fix the area.
The aftercare of your child’s mouth is important. We will go over the correct way to care for your child’s mouth after a tooth removal. Your child’s mouth may be sore for a few days as it heals. We do not recommend drinking with a straw or eating foods that may aggravate your child’s mouth. Your child is going to need to continue to take care of the rest of his or her teeth, so extra care will need to be taken around the area of the missing tooth.
We are here for you and your child if there are any problems after surgery. Some children experience extra discomfort and pain, so we can recommend certain pain medications. If you notice swelling in the area, your child needs to come in and be seen.