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A tooth extraction can help your child regain a healthy smile.

Questions & answers

Tooth extractions

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from your child’s mouth. Our dentists and team will take special care to remove your child’s tooth as quickly and gently as possible.

When does my child need a tooth extraction?

Our dentists will typically recommend an extraction when a tooth is too badly damaged to be saved. This may occur due to injury or trauma, severe decay or severe infection. Children may also need a tooth extraction if a baby tooth is preventing the permanent teeth from erupting properly or if the tooth needs to be pulled before they can receive orthodontic treatment.

What happens after my child’s tooth extraction?

After extracting your child’s tooth, our dentists and team will provide you with post-op instructions to help your child recover. These instructions include how to stop post-extraction bleeding, managing swelling and discomfort, the use of any prescribed medications, and any post-op dietary restrictions your child may have.

Tooth extractions

When is extraction needed?

Our dentists may recommend a tooth extraction for your child if they have:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Severely damaged or broken teeth
  • Poorly positioned teeth
  • Permanent teeth that cannot erupt properly
  • Upcoming orthodontic treatment that requires the removal of a baby tooth
  • Advanced gum disease

Tooth extraction may impact your child’s day-to-day life, affecting their ability to chew, their jaw joint and the position of other teeth. Our dentists will discuss all treatment options with you prior to recommending an extraction. If a tooth extraction is the right option for your child, we will work with you to help your child have the most comfortable experience possible and recover quickly after their procedure.

What to expect

The extraction process
Our dentists will begin by numbing the treatment area with a local anesthetic. Our dentists may need to rock the tooth a bit to widen the socket and successfully remove the tooth. Your child may feel some pressure during this stage of the extraction. If your child experiences any pain or discomfort, please help them let us know immediately so we can make sure they are comfortable before continuing their procedure.
Sectioning a tooth
In some cases, a tooth is firmly anchored in the socket, the root is curved or the socket cannot expand enough for our dentists to remove it. If this is the case, our dentists will section the tooth, or cut it into smaller sections, to remove it.
After tooth extraction
After your tooth extraction, we will provide you with post-op instructions to help your child recover. The first step in recovery is halting the bleeding. Our dentists will have your child bite down on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding continues, we will have them continue to bite down until the bleeding halts.

For 72 hours after their procedure, help your child avoid:

  • Rinsing vigorously
  • Sucking on straws
  • Touching the extraction site with their fingers or tongue
  • Brushing the teeth near the extraction site
  • Engaging in vigorous activity

Your child may experience some pain or swelling. This can be reduced by placing an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn over the area. Your child can also take over-the-counter medications as directed. Swelling should subside within 48 hours.
Please use all pain medications as directed, and if antibiotics have been prescribed, please make sure your child takes them for the indicated length of time, even if they do not show signs of infection. We also recommend that you help your child stay hydrated. They should drink plenty of water and eat nutritious, soft foods the day of their extraction. Your child can resume their regular diet as soon as they feel comfortable doing so.
Your child can resume their normal dental routine after 24 hours and may resume all normal activities after a few days.
If your child experiences heavy bleeding, severe pain and continued swelling for two to three days, or has a reaction to any medications, please contact us right away.

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