In some cases, your children may need a tooth extraction. Dentists recommend extractions in a range of situations. Here’s a closer look at a few instances where a child may need an extraction.
Severely Damaged Tooth
If your child sustains a mouth injury, their teeth may get chipped or knocked loose. This can happen as a result of a car accident, a sports injury, a fall while skateboarding or bicycling, or in a number of other situations. In these cases, you should schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist as soon as possible. They can examine your child and let you know if the tooth is salvageable.
In some cases, the pediatric dentist can put a cap or a crown on a broken tooth, but in other cases, there may not be enough left of the tooth to save it. In those cases, the dentist may simply need to do a tooth extraction. Your child can get local anesthesia plus nitrous oxide so the procedure is pain free.
In other cases, children’s teeth may become so decayed that they need to be extracted. For example, if a child has extensive decay in their front baby teeth, the dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. However, this typically only happens in extreme cases. If your child’s six year molars are decayed, the dentist generally recommends a root canal to save those teeth. Then, the dentist may cover the molar with sealant to give it extra protection.
If the dentist is removing multiple teeth from a young child, it may be easiest to put the child under general anesthesia. This can happen at the dental clinic or in a hospital setting.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Usually, wisdom tooth extraction happens when a patient is in their teen years, but in some cases, dentists may recommend extraction for younger kids as well. This surgical procedure can be done with local anesthesia, but it’s often easier if the patient has general anesthesia.
Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment
One of the reasons dentists always try to keep baby teeth whenever possible is because those teeth provide a guide for the adult teeth. Basically, the baby tooth acts as a place holder. It prevents other teeth from moving into that spot before the adult tooth erupts.
However, in some cases, dentists need to take the exact opposite approach. Rather than saving a baby tooth so that it can guide the adult teeth into place, they need to remove that baby tooth. If that tooth is crowding the child’s mouth or blocking the way for new teeth to come in, a tooth extraction may be necessary. Generally, this happens as part of a child’s orthodontic treatment. They get a baby tooth extracted before they get braces—in some cases, adult teeth can also be extracted for orthodontic reasons.
Does your child need a tooth extraction? Do you have other dental questions? Then, contact us to make an appointment today. At Dentistry for Children and Teens, we focus on create a stress-free, anxiety-free environment where kids can really enjoy dental care. We have multiple locations for your convenience.