Tooth Extractions in Truckee

Truckee Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care. Our staff of highly trained and professional dental caregivers, led by board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Matthew Gustafsson, is here to answer any questions you may have and provide education about the importance of oral health for children. We strive to make each visit as comfortable as possible for our pediatric patients and parents.

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Tooth Extractions

Does Your Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

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.

Tooth Extractions in Truckee

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Extractions can often be done with less discomfort, local anesthesia and safe sedation options.

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Signs Your Child May Need a Tooth Extraction

Tooth Pain

If your child complains of sudden and persistent tooth pain, it could indicate an infection beneath the surface or severe decay requiring tooth extraction.

Swollen or Tender Gums

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.

Teeth Crowding

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.

What to Expect: Our Pediatric Tooth Extraction Process

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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.

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Tooth Extraction

Dr. Mathew will use specialized dental instruments to gently loosen and remove the tooth from the socket.

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If necessary, stitches may help close the treatment site after tooth extraction.

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Post-Op Care

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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