A pediatric dental extraction is a simple procedure that removes a tooth from your child's mouth. The most common reason for a pediatric dental extraction is to fix the crowding of the teeth. This happens when the mouth has insufficient space for all teeth to fit comfortably. Sometimes, your child's teeth may be removed to make room for braces or other orthodontic treatment.
The team at Pediatric Dentistry of Horizon West is dedicated to preserving your child's oral health for as long as possible. However, there are circumstances when it is in your child's best interest to have a tooth extracted. Whatever the reason for the extraction, we are committed to ensuring the procedure is safe and comfortable for them.
Your child's recent discomfort may be due to teething.
A dental x-ray is a quick and painless way for your dentist to see what's happening inside your child's mouth. The x-ray can help the dentist diagnose problems like tooth decay or infection. During this stage and other subsequent appointments, Dr. Hany Azer welcomes you to accompany your child to the dental office. This reduces anxiety and lets him speak to you directly about the findings and the treatment.
Before the extraction, we will numb the area around the tooth. This will help keep your child comfortable during the procedure.
The dentist will then use special tools such as elevators and extraction forceps to remove the tooth.
The teeth that are most commonly extracted are the baby (primary) teeth
The healing timeline for a pediatric extraction will vary depending on your child and the extent of the procedure. However, in most cases, the child can go home the same day as the procedure and should expect some discomfort and swelling for a few days afterward. The extraction site will typically heal within one to two weeks.
After a pediatric dental extraction, taking care of your child's teeth and mouth is important. Here are some tips to consider:
• Brush your child's teeth two times daily with fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss your child's teeth daily.
• Give your child soft foods for the first few days after the procedure.
• Ensure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
• If your child is in pain, give them over-the-counter pain medication as directed by their pediatric dentist.
Your child may need to have their tooth extracted if they are experiencing pain that doesn't seem to go away. If they are having trouble chewing or swallowing, this may also indicate that one or more of their teeth must be removed.
Children with positive dental treatment experiences do not fear visiting the dentist as adults.