A tooth extraction can sound like a very scary thing at any age. If your dentist has suggested an extraction for your child, you may be wondering about the details of the process. Knowing more information about this decision can help you ease your child’s mind prior to the extraction.
There are many reasons why your child’s dentist may suggest a tooth extraction. If the tooth is so badly decayed that a root canal can’t save it, it should be extracted before it causes infection or other issues. Your child may also need a tooth extracted if it is fractured beyond repair or it if is crowding other teeth. Many children who get braces need to have some teeth extracted to allow room for other teeth to re-set into the correct position.
Visible teeth are usually easier to remove, and the extraction process will be rather simple. Usually, the process just calls for using a local anesthetic to numb the area and then using forceps to gently extract the tooth. If the tooth is impacted, however, the dentist will need to remove some of the gum tissue that’s covering the tooth to access and extract it.
In the event that your child’s extraction requires more work, your dentist may recommend sedation for your child. Following the extraction, your child will be given a piece of gauze to bite on until the blood clots and the bleeding stops. Your dentist will prove you with some tips before you leave the office regarding what your child can eat, and how to handle swelling, discomfort, or side effects of any kind.
Still have questions about tooth extractions in Olympia and Tacoma? Give our office a call and let our team provide you with answers.