Since primary teeth normally fall out on their own, it might seem strange when Dr. Shiva recommends that your child have a tooth extracted. Some of the reasons she may suggest this include:
- Only part of the tooth remains after an injury
- As part of a treatment method for tooth decay
- When your teenaged child has wisdom teeth that serve no useful purpose, or are difficult to keep clean
- When the primary teeth are a few years behind schedule and could prevent the normal eruption of permanent teeth, or delay orthodontic treatment
Older children may need permanent teeth pulled for many of the same reasons.
Our Dental Team always strives to preserve the tooth whenever possible. When we must extract a tooth, we give you the option of choosing one of several forms of sedation dentistry for your child. This relieves his or her anxiety, and ensures cooperation during the procedure. We work with children who have special emotional or physical health needs to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for them.
What to Expect When Your Child Has a Tooth Extracted
To start the process, Dr. Shiva takes an X-ray of the affected tooth to check its condition. Next, she provides your child with a local anesthesia so the tooth and the area surrounding it remain numb. If you have opted for sedation dentistry for your child, he or she will receive it at this time. After ensuring that the area is completely numb, it’s time to extract the tooth. This involves gently rocking it with a special dental instrument so it slides easily out of the socket. On rare occasions, for instance, when it’s firmly rooted in the socket, a tooth may be removed in sections.
While your child may feel some discomfort following a tooth extraction, it should be short term and tolerable. To minimize discomfort and expedite healing, you may give antibiotics and painkillers as directed, and apply ice to the treated area. It’s also important to avoid hard foods for a few days to allow the area time to heal without unnecessary stress.