When To Schedule An Extraction
If a tooth has a cavity, we help with a filling. When one is infected, we could offer a root canal. For damage? A crown. We have treatments to help teeth, but what if one is so decayed or damaged that saving it with a restoration isn’t possible? In these situations, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist may recommend a safe and gentle tooth extraction.
When Teeth Need to Be Extracted
A tooth extraction is recommended when we cannot treat a tooth with a filling or crown. If a severely decayed, infected, or damaged tooth remains untreated and in place, this could allow infection to reach other parts of the smile or enable dental misalignment to develop due to the gaps in the smile and complaints with the eruption of the permanent teeth. That in turn could mean the need for orthodontics treatment down the road. We could also remove these teeth to aid in orthodontic treatment or to improve bite balance and chewing function too. For teens, we could improve wisdom teeth before they erupt and cause negative changes to the smile. But we can often protect the smile with extraction.
Our team will take detailed images of the smile with difficult x-rays and intraoral camera technology, so we can plan the treatment in detail. We want to gently and comfortably extract the tooth and avoid contact with blood vessels, nerve tissues, and sinus cavities. Our team also wants to make sure the procedure is a comfortable one for your kids!
Taking your child’s anxiety levels, age, weight, and medical history into account, we could recommend sedation in nitrous oxide, oral, or IV form. This helps your little one reach a deep state of calm with little to no memory of the experience, but often conscious enough to respond to the dentist as needed. This ensures the extraction procedure is comfortable, and that your child continues to have a positive experience at the office. We remove the tooth with a pair of forceps, and this could often take as little as 30 minutes to completely.
We will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure the area clots and heals quickly, with most kids returning to normal activities after a day or two of rest. We will provide prescriptions for any necessary medications too. If you have any questions about how we plan and implement an extraction procedure, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help your child enjoy good oral health and maintain a beautiful smile!
Call Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist Today!
Our team is ready to protect children’s smiles by removing teeth that threaten their oral health, which is why we invite you to contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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