Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your infant’s, children or teen’s oral health and appearance. Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment of your infant, children or teen, the Pediatric Dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, we will take an x-ray of your child in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected by your child following an extraction, which can be minimized with a pain killer and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If your child has prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately to speak to your Pediatric Dentist. Please check for the post operative section for detailed home care after an extraction.
Are you interested in extractions for your child? Please call us or schedule an appointment online here with your Pediatric Dentist of choice at Petit Smiles. We serve two convenient locations, one in Doral,Fl and another one in Coral Gables, FL.