There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth “gets stuck” and will not wiggle out when the permanent tooth is erupting. Other times, a tooth may be abscessed or have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk.
Orthodontics may require the removal of baby and/or permanent teeth prior to or during treatment. Or due to lack of space, wisdom teeth are not able to erupt and may have to be extracted.
If it is determined that your child’s tooth needs to be removed, we can generally do it during an appointment in the office. There may be times when a patient is referred to a local oral surgeon if the extraction is more extensive or a higher level of sedation is needed.
It is important to share with us any concerns or preferences you may have. We want to make sure your son or daughter is as comfortable as possible.
Care of the mouth after extractions
- Do not scratch, chew, suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek while they feel numb. Your youngster should be watched closely so her or she does not injure the lip, tongue, or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
- Keep fingers away from the extraction area.
- If a permanent tooth is extracted, for the next 24 hours do not use a straw, or bottle where sucking is required, to drink.
- No vigorous rinsing and spitting for several hours
- A soft diet is recommended
- If your child has any discomfort, give a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®.
- If your child experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office.