Having a tooth extracted can be a daunting experience, no matter how old you are. The fear can be even worse when it comes to child tooth extraction. There is no need to worry! This guide should put your mind at ease by addressing all the questions about child tooth removal that may be keeping you up at night!
Whether your child needs to have a tooth extracted by a pediatric dentist, is something your dentist can provide the best advice on. Your kids' dentist will make a decision based on your little one’s unique needs. Some possible reasons why certain baby teeth should be removed include:
Furthermore, a milk teeth extraction might be necessary if you struggle with pulling them out yourself. Your dentist may also need to remove teeth as part of specific orthodontic treatments.
A tooth extraction is basically the removal of your young one’s tooth in situations where the tooth cannot be repaired. Rest assured that your child will never need teeth taken out unless it is absolutely necessary.
The first step is for your dentist to take an x-ray to assess the situation. A thorough medical history is also taken beforehand to make sure the correct course of action is chosen. The options for anaesthesia is another thing that needs to be discussed before the extraction.
A child tooth extraction procedure is generally carried out using a local anaesthetic. This will numb the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue as well as the bone.
It is essential for your kid to feel safe and comfortable during the experience of tooth extraction. Therefore, additional forms of sedation might be used like oral sedatives or nitrous oxide which is also known as laughing gas. Child tooth extraction under general anaesthetic is another option during which your kid will be asleep during the whole procedure.
The dental team will walk you through the best ways to help your child get better as soon as possible. Some bleeding can be expected afterwards. Any swelling can be kept down by applying an ice pack to the swollen area. Pain or discomfort can be controlled with pain medication which is available over the counter.
Our North York kids’ dentists will take care of your little one and ensure that he/she is comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure.