As parents, we all want the best for our children, and that includes their dental health. However, sometimes things don't go as planned, and our little ones may need complex dental procedures like tooth extraction. While this sounds unfair to our toddlers, tooth extraction is a common procedure that can help prevent further dental problems and promote the healthy development of permanent teeth. We at Aurora Children’s Dentistry are experts in child's dental care and can safely and comfortably extract your children's teeth when needed.
Before the Extraction
Before the tooth extraction, our pedodontist will need to evaluate your child's dental health and determine the best course of action. This evaluation will typically involve a thorough dental exam and x-rays or other imaging tests to better look at the teeth and surrounding structures. In some cases, we may need to conduct additional tests or consultations to ensure the tooth extraction can be done safely and effectively.
Once we have determined that a tooth extraction is necessary, we will discuss the procedure with you and your child and answer any questions you may have. It's important to us to communicate openly and honestly with our patients and their families and to address any concerns or anxieties your child may have about the procedure. We may be able to offer strategies for calming your child's nerves and making the experience as comfortable as possible.
Tooth Extraction Process
During the tooth extraction, our pedodontist will use specialized tools to remove the tooth from its socket in the jawbone carefully. Depending on the location and condition of the tooth, this may involve making a small incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth root.
Our pedodontist will closely monitor your child's vital signs and ensure they are safe and comfortable throughout the tooth extraction. We may use techniques such as conscious sedation or nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") to help your child feel relaxed and at ease. In some cases, we may need additional techniques or equipment, such as dental forceps or elevators, to loosen the tooth from its socket and extract it carefully.
After the Extraction
Your child may experience swelling, bleeding, and discomfort in the first few days after the tooth extraction. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Our pedodontist may also recommend cold compresses or other home remedies to help reduce swelling and promote healing. In turn, ensure your child avoids hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that may irritate the extraction site or get stuck in the socket, escalating the condition.
Overall, we understand that the thought of your child undergoing a dental procedure can be stressful, but at Aurora Children’s Dentistry we assure you that we will take every measure to ensure their comfort and safety. Thus, if your child is experiencing tooth pain or needs a tooth extracted, don't hesitate to call us. We're here to help and make the process as stress-free as possible for you and your child. Contact us today at 907-336-1234 to schedule an appointment.