Extractions are done only as a last resort. If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer will be placed. Teeth may also be extracted for orthodontic reasons.
We do all that we can to keep your child at ease and to teach children and parent’s how to maintain good oral health. Sometimes removing a tooth is the best option for restoring the health of the patient’s mouth.
The doctor may recommend tooth extraction when a tooth is:
• Infected by periodontal (gum) disease\
• Significantly damaged or decayed
• Impacted (stuck) in the mouth
• Complications from trauma
• Delayed exfoliation
• Orthodontic request
Normally pediatric tooth extractions are fairly easy and do not take much time. A parent may choose a form of sedation (Nitrous, Oral sedation or General Anesthesia) to help ease your child’s anxiety. The child can also expect to receive a local anesthetic near the troubled tooth, as this will help prevent the child from feeling any pain.
After the pediatric tooth extraction has been completed, the dentist will apply gauze to the affected site to soak up any remaining fluid and should be held on the site for at least half an hour, or until no fluids are seen. We also suggest eating soft food, limit sucking, and limit any physical activity for the remainder of the day.
Your child can resume all day-to-day activities 24 hours after the procedure. Dentist recommends brushing and flossing as normal to help prevent any infection and to maintain good oral health.