Tooth Extractions (Simple & Surgical)

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While children’s primary teeth will eventually fall out on their own, there may be some instances when a tooth will need to be removed. It could be due to decay or even to prepare the mouth for future orthodontic procedures. There are generally two categories of teeth extractions:

Simple Extraction

When the tooth that needs to be removed is in a clearly visible location and will be easy to remove, it is considered a simple extraction. A local anesthetic and using forceps to remove the tooth gently is often all that is necessary.

Surgical Extraction

If the extraction is more complicated due to something like an impacted tooth, then some of the surrounding gum tissue will need to be removed so the tooth can be reached. Using sedation dentistry, your child will not feel a thing.

Important After-Care Tips

  • Ensure your child is biting down on the gauze near the extraction site in order to help the formation of the blood clot. If bleeding continues, change the gauze out every 20 minutes until the bleeding stops and clot forms.
  • Use an over the counter pain medication if they are experiencing discomfort or jaw soreness.
  • Ice packs on the outside of the affected area for 20-minute increments are helpful to reduce inflammation.
  • For the first 24 hours, only soft foods should be eaten.
  • Do not let your child spit or drink through a straw since the suction in the mouth can dislodge the blood clot.
  • Have them continue their normal dental routine but to avoid the tooth extraction area until it heals and to be especially gently while brushing and flossing.

If your child exhibits fever, chills, pain or swelling, call us immediately.