When your child needs a tooth extraction, it’s vital that you choose an experienced and caring pediatric dentist who knows how to make the process smooth and easy. At Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids in Visalia, California, skilled pediatric dentist Tracy Law, DDS, performs tooth extractions only when necessary. He strives to keep your child comfortable and relaxed at all times to show them that extractions really aren’t scary. Book an appointment by phone today.
Tooth decay or trauma that’s too severe for a children’s root canal is a common reason for extraction. Sometimes, older kids might need a baby tooth extraction if a tooth doesn’t come out naturally. By removing the primary tooth, the adult tooth can come in normally. Teenagers could need a tooth extraction if their wisdom teeth erupt and cause problems for other teeth, or if wisdom teeth are impacted.
At Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids, Dr. Law removes primary teeth when needed, but doesn't remove permanent teeth unless it's necessary for orthodontic care. For example, Dr. Law might remove wisdom teeth or other permanent teeth if they’re causing tooth crowding that would interfere with successful orthodontic treatment.
First, Dr. Law examines your child's tooth and takes X-ray images to get a full picture of the condition of the tooth and its underlying structures. To ensure that your child feels relaxed and comfortable during the tooth extraction, Dr. Law typically administers local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the surrounding area.
If your child is anxious or scared of tooth extraction, Dr. Law can administer nitrous oxide sedation. When your child inhales a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, they become extremely relaxed but still conscious. With nitrous oxide sedation, many kids don't have any memory of their tooth extraction.
When removing the tooth, Dr. Law always uses great care to prevent damage to the underlying bone. Once the tooth is out of its socket, Dr. Law covers the socket with sterile gauze. In some cases, as with wisdom tooth extraction, Dr. Law might place tiny sutures to close the socket and control bleeding. Your child can leave Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids to head home shortly after the extraction.
Dr. Law recommends pain management specific to your child's situation after tooth extraction. Usually, over-the-counter pain relievers (in a children's formula, depending on age) is quite effective for pain relief post-extraction.
You can also give your child an ice pack for the outside of their jaw. Depending on the complexity of the extraction, Dr. Law might recommend a soft diet for a day or two, as well.
For comfortable tooth extractions from a highly experienced pediatric dentist, call Visalia