As scary as they may sound, dental extractions are no big deal and our Aurora pediatric dentist performs them regularly. Though most baby teeth fall out naturally, there are situations where a manual tooth extraction can be beneficial to your child’s dental health. Baby teeth aren’t permanent anyway, so extracting a tooth can be helpful for maintaining space in the mouth or preventing infection. Learn more about what a tooth extraction entails and whether your little one may need the procedure below!

When would my child need a dental extraction?

Sometimes, a dental extraction is necessary even for pediatric dental patients. An extraction is the complete surgical removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth. This is the most common type of tooth extraction in our pediatric dental practice, as most of our patients are young and in the process of losing their primary teeth to make room for their permanent teeth.
  • The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired. This is less common in younger children because they have not been using and damaging their teeth for very long, but this level of decay can result from significant cavities or poor oral hygiene. Tooth damage from accidents that can occur during activities like sports and bike rides and result in emergency trips to the dentist can also lead to your child requiring an extraction procedure.
  • The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw. Wisdom teeth are typically not extracted until the patient’s late teens or early twenties. Many patients in their late teens or later are advised or required to have their wisdom teeth extracted before they get their braces on.

Depending on the complexity of the patient’s situation, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. In any case, at minimum, a mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout their extraction procedure.

Because we are pediatric dentists, we are specifically equipped to work with young patients who may have some apprehension about oral procedures. We are sure to work with both the patient and the parent or guardian to ensure that everyone understands the situation and is well prepared for the procedure and the healing process.

How do I prepare my child for the procedure?

In order to prepare for the procedure, your child’s pediatric dentist will take x-rays of the tooth area in order to fully and thoroughly evaluate the situation. At this point, they will be able to determine whether or not the extraction can be performed as a simple or surgical procedure. If your child is concerned about the pain of having a tooth extracted or being under the anesthesia, we will be able to explain how the process works and put their mind at ease. Luckily, due to the anesthesia, the patient should not feel any pain during the procedure, though they may feel a slight pressure.

What happens after the tooth extraction?

After the extraction is complete, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure that the healing process goes smoothly and quickly. The pediatric dentist will provide you with gauze to apply to the affected area to curb the bleeding until a blood clot forms. Be sure to replace the gauze often to keep everything clean and effective. Once the wound is healed enough for the bleeding to stop, the gauze will no longer be necessary. If swelling occurs, you can ice the area intermittently for 20 minutes at a time.

For a couple of days after the procedure, be sure to have your child eat only soft foods, avoid straws, and keep the area very clean. Once the healing is complete, they will be back on their way to a great smile!  

FAQ

What is a dental extraction?

A dental extraction is simply a tooth extraction! There is nothing to be afraid of, and there are a few reasons why a tooth extraction in Aurora may need to take place. Common reasons for extractions include wisdom teeth coming in that need to be removed, crowded teeth, and tooth decay. If you have any questions, please give us a call.

How painful is a tooth extraction?

When getting a tooth extraction in Aurora, you should feel pressure around the tooth as the dentist will loosen the tooth and the socket for removal. You should not feel any pain. If you do happen to feel pain or discomfort, please let your dentist know right away.

How is a tooth extraction done?

Getting a tooth extraction in Aurora is quick and easy! Our dentist will prepare for the procedure and will loosen up your tooth and the socket to prepare the tooth for removal. Once loose, the dentist will be able to pull the tooth right out.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Recovery from an Aurora tooth extraction can happen within a matter of days. You can recover from a tooth extraction in around seven to ten days. If you have any questions or concerns about Aurora tooth extractions, please give us a call.

What should I avoid after tooth extraction?

After receiving an Aurora tooth extraction, you should avoid hard or sharp foods. You should also avoid hot drinks, spicy food, and soda. After removal, it is essential not to smoke and sip, and do not suck on straws. If you have concerns, please reach out to us.