Sometimes, extractions are necessary in order to maintain your child’s oral health. Extractions are often thought of as intimidating, but at Memorial Children’s Dentistry in Houston, TX, we strive to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.
While your teeth are meant to last an extensive period of time, there are instances where your child’s tooth may need to be extracted due to cavities or serious dental infection.
Generally, the exact procedure of extraction will depend on the severity of the situation and the problems at hand. The first step of any extraction is the application of a local anesthetic to help with the pain that would otherwise be associated with an extraction. This anesthetic comes in the form of a liquid that is injected into your mouth around your teeth and the gums that surround them.
Anesthetics are very effective and typically only take a few minutes to begin working. Your child’s mouth will become numb as a result of the anesthetic injection. Once the anesthetic has been given and has begun working, Dr. Hanna will widen the tooth socket to prepare for extraction. After that, Dr. Hanna will rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it. When it is loose enough, the tooth will be extracted completely.
Though it is typical to feel some pressure when a tooth is being extracted, the pain should be mild due to the anesthetic effect.
After the procedure, your child may experience some light bleeding in the gums and swelling. You should see most symptoms abate within 24 hours. The entire healing process can take up to a week. If you have any concerns, get in touch with our office so that we can address any concerns you may have.
There are a variety of reasons that an extraction may be necessary. The most common reasons include tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth, jaw trauma, tooth fractures, crowded teeth, and broken teeth. If any of these are applicable to your child, it would be worthwhile to inquire about tooth extraction.
As there are many reasons why you might want an extraction for your child’s tooth. There are also many benefits that can come from a tooth extraction. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, an extraction may make your child much more comfortable.
In the case of untreated gum disease or tooth decay, dental extraction can help eliminate problems that may have otherwise caused health risks as a result of poor oral health. Poor oral health is a precursor for larger issues throughout the body and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. In this case, an extraction can put you in the best position possible to maintain your dental health now and in the future.