Tooth extractions in children may be a necessary part of maintaining your child’s oral health. Whether it’s due to decay, infection, orthodontic correction, or issues with baby teeth or wisdom teeth, removing a tooth can sometimes be the best course of action.
As a pediatric dental practice in Midlothian, VA, we understand the importance of making this experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible for both you and your child. In this guide, we will walk you through the reasons for tooth extractions, the procedure itself, and how to care for your child before, during, and after the extraction to ensure a smooth recovery and continued dental health.
When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth has misshaped or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. Other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require the removal of a tooth.
If it is determined that your child’s tooth needs to be removed, your pediatric dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within the jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and the tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, the dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your dentist any concerns or preferences for sedation; we want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible.
Preparing Your Child For A Tooth Extraction
Children’s Dentistry of Virginia in Midlothian wants you to prepare your child for an extraction the best way you see fit as a parent. We find often less is more in this situation, and extensive graphic detail or information may provide high anxiety to your child prior to the appointment. The pediatric dentists at CDVA will explain the process in simple terms and reassure them that the dentist is there to help. Encourage your child to ask questions and express their feelings. Additionally, a good night’s sleep before the appointment and avoiding a heavy meal before the extraction can help reduce anxiety.
During The Tooth Extraction Procedure
On the day of the extraction, arrive at the dentist’s office a little early to alleviate any last-minute anxiety. Your pediatric dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to ensure your child’s comfort. Sedation options are also available if necessary. The procedure itself is quick, and the dentist will use specialized tools to gently remove the tooth. Your child will be monitored throughout the procedure for their safety and comfort.