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There are a few reasons why your child may need a tooth extraction. If their tooth is severely decayed, it may be too damaged to be saved with a filling. If they have an impacted wisdom tooth that is causing pain or crowding, it must be removed.
Additionally, if your child is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, they may need teeth extracted to prevent infection. The good news is that tooth extractions are typically quick and relatively painless procedures.
Extractions can often be done with less discomfort, local anesthesia and safe sedation options.
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If your child complains of sudden and persistent tooth pain, it could indicate an infection beneath the surface or severe decay requiring tooth extraction.
Tender or swollen gums can indicate an infection that has spread below the surface of the gum line. This can cause intense discomfort in your child.
If your child's adult teeth are coming in only to find that they have too little space to fit, then one or more teeth may have to be removed for all the others to fit appropriately.
We use several different forms of anesthesia and sedation, such as local anesthesia, laughing gas, and general anesthesia, depending on the type of extraction being performed and your child's age.
Dr. Mathew will use specialized dental instruments to gently loosen and remove the tooth from the socket.
If necessary, stitches may help close the treatment site after tooth extraction.
After the procedure, your child may need antibiotics or medications to reduce pain or discomfort. You will be given instructions for aftercare.
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It's normal for the socket to bleed immediately after the extraction. You can apply pressure to reduce this. It's also normal for your child to experience some discomfort due to soreness in their gums and jaw muscles post-extraction. This can be addressed with over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, as instructed by your pediatric dentist.
Yes, sedation is typically recommended for pediatric patients with tooth extractions. This will help them remain comfortable during the procedure and help reduce pain afterward.
The risk associated with a simple extraction is usually minimal. However, risks increase slightly if the problem requires an involved surgical procedure.