When Tooth Extraction is Necessary for Children
A tooth extraction is a procedure used to remove the entire dental bone from the jaw socket. The thought of this procedure causes anxiety for many adults. Children faced with this procedure also are very apprehensive about sitting in the dentist chair.
Many of the common fears in children stems from not knowing what to expect during the procedure. Kids, like many adults, worry they will have to endure a very painful procedure. Parents can help prepare their young ones for this event by educating them on what to expect and reassuring them their practitioner has the skills and experience to help ensure they have a pain-free experience.
Why is Teeth Extraction Necessary?
Dental decay among children is five times more common than asthma. This is also the main reason reported for pediatric tooth removal. More than half of all kids between the ages of 5 and 9 have already had their first cavity or received a filling.
Unless treated early, decay continues to erode the dental cavity. Eventually, irreparable damage occurs and removal becomes a medical necessity.
Oral trauma is another common reason for early tooth removal. Sports and other recreational injuries are fairly common among kids, but sometimes lead to broken or cracked teeth that can’t be repaired.
Other Reasons for Dental Removal in Kids
- Allow growth of permanent adult teeth
- Remove cysts and tumors
- Make room for braces
- Prevent overcrowding in the mouth
What Happens Before the Procedure?
Before treatment is started, your provider will obtain digital x-ray pictures of the mouth cavity that helps to see the extent of any damage and plan the best route for removal. If infection is present, an oral antibiotic may be administered beforehand to prevent the spread of infectious microorganisms after removal.
For those who are overly anxious about the upcoming procedure, the dentist may recommend and prescribe calming medication that can be administered before the appointment.
What to Expect During Treatment?
The removal method used will depend on whether the damaged tooth is visible or below the gum line. If visible, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. Some pressure may be felt during the removal, but no pain should be expected.
The patient should experience minimal discomfort. Parents should discuss treatment and anesthesia options with their family provider beforehand.
Will there be Pain after the Procedure?
Immediately following removal, gauze will be firmly applied to the area until bleeding stops. Slight pain in the jaw may be experienced for 1-2 days following treatment. Over-the counter anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) can be used to stop any discomfort. Ice can also be used to help any facial swelling that may occur.
A soft food diet should be maintained for at least 24 hours following treatment. It’s a good idea to rinse with warm, salty water after meals to ensure the area remains free of food debris and other potential infectious causing organisms.
Shortly after any teeth extraction for an adult or child, it’s important that this area is left undisturbed, so you do not want to eat anything with seeds or hard candies. While the area is being healed, it’s also important to not spit or drink from a straw.
Select a Family Provider Qualified to Deal with Pediatric Concerns
Not all practitioners have the skills and knowledge to handle pediatric issues and concerns. When selecting a good provider, make sure to seek a qualified facility like Dr. Hauser, a Lake Elsinore Dentist who also specializes in teeth cleaning in Lake Elsinore, and his family friendly staff who are accustomed to serving young patients.
We look forward to becoming your partner in helping maintain excellent oral health. Please call (951) 244-9495 and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Hauser at Lakefront Family Dentistry to find out if tooth extraction is necessary, or make an appointment online with us today!