While it’s always better to save a natural tooth than extract it, sometimes this isn’t possible. Even a child must have a tooth extracted on occasion. Usually, this is because the tooth is too damaged to repair, and it causes a painful toothache. Wisdom teeth, also, may require extraction in older teens when they become impacted below the gum line. If your child is experiencing tooth pain, see your pediatric dentist, right away. An extraction may be the solution.
What’s Involved in a Tooth Extraction for Kids?
When a dentist extracts a tooth, this means they remove it permanently. In young children, extracting a baby tooth is quite easy. Your dentist will numb the area and pull the tooth. For older children who have permanent teeth, some type of sedation may be added for treatment. In the event your child needs a wisdom tooth extraction, your child may see an oral surgeon who can extract the teeth before they break through the surface of the gums.
Though tooth extractions are common procedures, they can be understandably scary for children. For this reason, Missoula Pediatric Dentistry will sit with you and your child to explain, step-by-step, what’s involved. We’ll also do everything we can to make your child laugh and feel less anxious before and during the procedure.
Is Tooth Extraction Painful for Children?
Your child won’t feel any pain during the extraction. However, they may experience mild discomfort in the hours following the procedure. Your dental professional will give you options for helping your child manage the pain that may develop after an extraction. And the mild discomfort your child may experience following their procedure is always less than the toothache that brought them to our door. If your child needs to have a tooth extracted, you can trust us to do it fast and efficiently with minimal pain and discomfort.
How Do I Know My Child Needs an Extraction?
The most common sign of dental problems in children is a toothache. With regular dental care, your child can avoid toothaches. But occasionally, things happen that are beyond your control. A tooth may become damaged from trauma or injury, for example. In this instance, it may be impossible to save the affected tooth. Other signs your child is having oral health problems include:
Bleeding gums when they brush
Pain when they chew or eat
Gums that are swollen or painful
Chronic bad breath
Help your children learn good oral hygiene habits to prevent cavities and gum disease, and be quick to call the dentist if you suspect they’re having oral health issues.
Call Your Pediatric Dentist in Missoula, MT
When you’re ready to book your child’s next dental appointment, call Missoula Pediatric Dentistry to schedule a convenient time. At Missoula Pediatric Dentistry, we understand kids. Our staff and clinicians are highly experienced and always professional, but we’re fun, too. Our kid-friendly waiting area and relaxed, family atmosphere make us the top choice for pediatric dentistry in Western MT. Kids love us, and parents do, too.
We invite you to join us in our vision of good oral health for all children. Call today to set up a time that’s convenient for you.