Pediatric Tooth Extractions

Dental extractions

Pediatric tooth extractions is a common dental procedure among young children, it’s when their teeth are removed from the child’s mouth. We curated this guide to provide you with essential information about pediatric extractions, when they may be necessary to extract, the reasons and what to expect during your child’s appointment.

Understanding Pediatric Tooth Extractions:

Pediatric tooth extractions can range from the removal of one or more teeth in your child’s mouth. You will have a consultation with our doctors prior to the treatment date to discuss everything from medical history to which teeth need to be removed.

What are the Signs of Potential Tooth Extractions?

There can be many indications in your child’s mouth that can show that the teeth need to be extracted. The main reasons are severe tooth decay, infection, overcrowding or orthodontic treatment. We will delve deeper into each one of these signs below.

What’s the Importance of Tooth Extractions?

It’s vital to remove the problematic teeth. The reason why we say this is to prevent further dental issues and it can aid the overall health of your child’s mouth.

What are the Common Reasons for Pediatric Tooth Extractions?

Severe Tooth Decay:

When you leave your child’s decayed tooth, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved by doing a pediatric dental filling or fitting a stainless steel crown.

Infection:

If you notice your childs’ tooth is infected and you don’t treat it, this may spread the infection to other parts of the mouth and extraction(s) will be required.

Orthodontic:

If your child is older, they may require braces or invisalign for a straight smile. Sometimes the orthodontist will need to have some of your childs’ teeth extracted to help create space for the proper tooth alignment with orthodontics.

Impacted Teeth:

Teeth can sometimes be trapped underneath the gum line and cannot erupt. A great example of this could be wisdom teeth. If this happens, the teeth will need to be extracted so it doesn’t cause strain on the other teeth.

What Does the Pediatric Extraction Procedure Look like?

The first step is the consultation, you will meet with our general anaesthesiologist, they will go through all of your childs’ medical history, which teeth will be extracted and more.

Most children who require extraction will either go under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia; this can help eliminate the fear or anxiety and they can wake up with no recollection of the surgery.

Tooth Removal:

The dentist uses specialized instruments to help loosen the tooth and then they gently remove it from its place. This process is fairly quick since our dental anaesthesiologists are highly skilled and can perform tasks efficiently and effectively.

Post Extraction Care:

After the treatment is done and the child is conscious from being sedated, they will receive a piece of gauze to bite on. This will help control the bleeding and the parents will be given instructions for pain management and oral care.

What Does the Aftercare and Recovery Process Look like?

Pain management will be the first concern, we recommend over the counter pain relievers to help alleviate discomfort. However, every child is different and our dental anaesthesiologist will be there to give you more specific instructions. This also applies to your childs’ temporary diet on foods they can and cannot eat. An example is not being able to eat tough, chewy and hard foods.

A follow up appointment may be a necessity to make sure that the child is healing properly and if there are any concerns, then the doctor can help alleviate your stress.

To conclude, pediatric tooth extractions are very necessary to address dental issues or to help align your teeth during orthodontics. We hope that you could understand more about what to expect before and after the procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns about your childs’ oral health, please don’t hesitate to reach out to SmileTown: Just Kids Dentistry. Our phone number is (519) 749-9981 or you can submit a form.