There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. Other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it is not able to be saved. Infection and orthodontic correction are also reasons a tooth may need to be removed.
If it is determined that your child’s tooth needs to be removed, your pediatric dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your dentist any concerns or preferences for sedation; we want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible.
After your child’s extraction:
- Watch them closely; their mouth is numb and children are likely to bite or suck their lip, cheek, or tongue because it feels funny. Unfortunately, when numbness wears off, this leaves your child very swollen and sore in the area they bit.
- A soft diet is recommended; no eating of popcorn, pretzels, pizza, crackers, or any food with sharp edges
- Excellent oral hygiene is a must! Make sure to help your child brush their teeth; the cleaner you keep the teeth, the faster and better they will heal.
- If your child has any discomfort, give a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®
- No drinking with straws
- No vigorous rinsing and spitting
- If your child experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office