Most kids are excited about losing teeth. In fact, they might be so eager to get a quarter under their pillow that they try to pull out their own teeth before they’re ready! However, they might not be nearly as excited if a dentist is the one removing a tooth. While we try to help children preserve both their primary (baby) and permanent teeth, tooth extractions for kids in Poway are sometimes necessary. On this page, we discuss why this is so and what you and your child can expect from the tooth removal procedure.
THE TOOTH EXTRACTION PROCEDURE
Dr. Sam and the rest of our team understand that kids can get a little anxious at the dentist, especially if they need to undergo a tooth extraction. That’s why we put in extra effort to make sure our young patients are comfortable. Depending on the child’s age and level of comprehension, we can explain the reason for the tooth extraction and take time to help them understand why it’s necessary.
We may also use sedation to help kids relax. Nitrous oxide is safe for children of all ages, and it produces an immediate calming effect. It wears off quickly after the procedure so your child will be back to feeling like themselves right away. Sometimes, we might use oral conscious sedation instead; it is a more powerful form of sedation that may be appropriate for children who are particularly uncooperative or fearful of getting a tooth removed.
Once we’re sure your child is comfortable and the area around the tooth is numb, Dr. Sam will gently remove the tooth. In most cases, this simply involves applying enough force to break the ligaments that hold the tooth in place.
AFTER THE EXTRACTION
- Provide your child with soft, easy to chew foods — it’s okay to indulge in a little ice cream!
- Tell your child not to play with the extraction site with their tongue.
- Make sure your child doesn’t use a straw for a few days following the extraction.
- Provide your child with prescription medications or over the counter pain relievers as necessary.
- Contact us if you have any questions or concerns during your child’s recovery.