Sometimes, a filling, crown, or even a root canal won’t be able to address an issue with your child’s smile. To prevent complications and preserve oral health, we may need to perform an extraction. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist will talk about how we ensure the procedure is comfortable!
The Reasons for a Dental Extraction
An extraction means that we cannot repair the tooth, and that leaving it in place could threaten your child’s smile. For example, a cavity or infection so severe that it threatens to spread to other teeth means removing the teeth protects the smile. This offers immediate relief from toothaches too! We could also take out baby teeth that are not falling out on schedule, which threatens the alignment of the smile, or to address impacted permanent teeth. For children with overcrowding, removing a tooth could be the first step in orthodontic treatment.
Ensuring Your Child’s Comfort
We understand that even for adults, the idea of undergoing an extraction could be a little worrisome. Which is why we always take steps to ensure your little one is comfortable and relaxed. For example, we’re experienced in talking to children and helping to ease their concerns. We also have numbing agents, as well as dental sedation, to help them enter calm and relaxed states throughout the procedure. This is particularly helpful for those with anxiety, or special needs, that make undergoing procedures difficult. We want to ensure your little one enjoys his or her time in the office, and leaves with a healthier smile!
What Happens During the Procedure?
After we administer sedation and local anesthesia, we will gently loosen the tooth before extracting it completely with a pair or forceps. We will provide any necessary prescriptions for medication, and detailed aftercare instructions too. We want to ensure clots form in the extraction site, and that the area heals without complications. During a follow-up visit, we will remove any sutures and examine the area to make sure complications like dry socket don’t occur. Your little one should rest and take it easy for a day, eating only soft foods. If you have any questions about the process of removing a tooth, or if you think your child needs dental care, then please contact our team to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Removing a Tooth?
We want to help your kids avoid poor oral health by preventing complications with an extraction. To learn about helping kids enjoy optimal oral health with restorative dental care, then schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.