What are Tooth Extractions?
Extractions are done as a way to preserve your child’s oral health and remove problematic teeth. In some cases, your child may need to have teeth removed because it has become severely damaged. In other cases, they’ll need an extraction because you have an impacted wisdom tooth. We always perform extractions in our office in a safe, comfortable and relaxed manner at your own convenience.
Why are Tooth Extractions needed?
Extractions are often performed when there is no other way to save a tooth. Some teeth are simply an issue to your child’s oral health, so it’s best to remove them before they’re allowed to cause issues with shifting, infection and intra-oral damage. Some of the reasons your child may want or need an extraction include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Loose or severely decayed teeth
- Teeth that are cracked or broken below the gum line
- Stubborn baby teeth
- You’re looking to avoid having additional treatment done
Who is a candidate for Tooth Extractions?
With the help of an examination, we can determine if your child might need an extraction. Most patients who need an extraction can and should have the procedure done. Leaving a problem tooth intact can cause issues down the road with infections and abscesses. We will take x-rays to help in further identifying the need for an extraction.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
We first provide your child with anesthetic or sedation to make sure the procedure is comfortable. We can discuss our sedation options with you during your child’s consultation. Once they’re comfortable, we will loosen and remove the tooth. We may place sutures if they are needed to close the gums. We have your child bite down on gauze to stop the bleeding. If they’ve been sedated, we will bring them to a recovery room to fully wake up. We provide our patients with important aftercare instructions that must be followed.
If you think your child might need a tooth extraction, call our office today and we will be happy to get you in for an appointment.