Having your child’s tooth extracted may seem scary and intimidating, but at Pediatric Dental World, our team of child-friendly dentists is here to help. Dr. Clapp, Dr. Bell, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Smith are all experts in pediatric tooth extractions, and can remove your child’s troublesome tooth without any pain or discomfort. Learn more below, or contact us to schedule an appointment now!
Wondering why would your child need a tooth extraction? Here are two of the most common reasons that your child may need to have one of their teeth pulled.
Wisdom teeth usually come in between the ages of 17-25, but can come in earlier. They’re our final set of four molars, but most people do not have enough room for them, so this can lead to serious oral health complications. Because of this, most patients choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted.
In some cases, your child may need to have one or more teeth extracted for orthodontic reasons. For example, if they have a very narrow palate and crowded teeth, it may be necessary to extract one or more teeth before applying braces to correct their smile.
The process will begin with your child’s dentist cleaning their teeth and their mouth and disinfecting the treatment area. Then, a numbing gel will be applied, and a numbing needle will be used to numb the extraction site.
Once your child’s tooth is numb, your child’s dentist will begin loosening the tooth in the socket using a dental elevator. When it’s been loosened sufficiently, they will pull the tooth out using a pair of dental forceps. Then, the area will be cleaned and sanitized so that it heals properly.
To keep your child feeling safe and comfortable at Pediatric Dental World, we offer a wide variety of sedation options. Here’s a quick overview of each of our commonly-used methods of sedation.
Laughing gas is our most minimal form of sedation. Your child will breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which will help them feel more calm and safe, but will not cause them to fall asleep or become unconscious. Along with local numbing, sedation with laughing gas is an ideal way to keep your child from feeling anxious during their tooth extraction procedure.
Oral conscious sedation uses a liquid or pill-based sedative, which your child will usually take about an hour before their appointment. This method of sedation is deeper than laughing gas, and will typically make your child feel groggy and confused. They may fall asleep during their procedure and forget most of what happened at their appointment.
IV sedation uses the same sedative medications as oral conscious sedation, but they are delivered directly into a vein, which results in a deeper level of sedation. Most kids fall asleep when they’re sedated with an IV, but just like oral conscious sedation, they can still be roused and respond to commands, if necessary.