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Tooth Extractions for Kids
At Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry, we always try to save a tooth from extraction. Unfortunately, there are certain instances where a tooth extraction may be necessary. As a pediatric office, we are uniquely qualified to perform important procedures like extractions. You can rest assured knowing we utilize advanced techniques to ensure your child receives safe, effective, and comfortable dental services. If your child needs an extraction, you have come to the right place.
Why Do Children Need Tooth Extractions?
We may recommend a tooth extraction for several reasons. The most common cause is severe tooth decay. Other reasons include:
There are two major types of extractions:
During a simple extraction, Dr. Mostafa Kabbani will use an instrument known as an “elevator” to loosen the tooth from its socket and connective ligaments. Once the tooth is loose enough, we will use a pair of forceps to remove it from the mouth.
During a surgical extraction, one or more incisions must be made in the gum tissue to expose the tooth. If the tooth is impacted, it may need to be broken up into several pieces. This makes it easy to remove from the socket. Once it is out, we will suture any incisions.
After Your Child’s Extraction
Thanks to advancements in technology and technique, an extraction causes less pain or discomfort than ever before. A small amount of bleeding, swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal following the procedure. If your child complains of pain, you may want to give them an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
While post-operative complications are rare, they do occur. For instance, if a blood clot fails to form or becomes dislodged, your child may experience dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition that occurs when the supportive bone is exposed to air, foods, and beverages. To prevent dry socket, make sure your child practices proper oral hygiene, eats soft foods, and avoids straws during the healing process.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
If your child has a problematic tooth, a dental filling or extraction may be necessary. Call (509) 928-4746 to schedule your child’s appointment today!