Comfortable Tooth Removal
One of the major goals of routine dental care is to avoid losing teeth prematurely, whether to decay or gum disease. However, in rare cases removing a tooth may be the best option for protecting a child’s smile. At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we can perform careful and safe dental extractions to promote good oral health.
What Does an Extraction Involve?
The dentist first takes detailed x-rays of the area to decide the best removal technique. The child will receive a local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience. For nervous patients the doctor may suggest sedation, depending on the patients’ age and medical history of course. After removing the tooth the area will be sutured and detailed aftercare instructions will be provided to facilitate proper healing.
Why Do Kids Need Tooth Removal?
Often removing a tooth can prevent infection, misalignment, or possibly damage to surrounding teeth. If the tooth is being removed due to infection or damage, then the dentist can discuss possible tooth replacement later on. If the issue is related to wisdom teeth or misalignment then replacing the tooth may not be necessary. Common reasons for tooth removal include:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Advanced tooth decay
Teeth that have not erupted properly
Can My Child Avoid Extraction?
In the cases of advanced tooth decay or infection, there are steps to help prevent these issues and the need for potential extraction. We advise parents to help children maintain proper oral hygiene by:
- Brushing and flossing daily
- Having teeth cleaned and examined twice a year
- Cutting back on sugary foods/drinks
- Seeing the dentist if a tooth aches or becomes damaged