An extraction can make both children and parents anxious, but they are a common procedure in most pediatric dental offices. Sometimes a child’s tooth has too much decay to restore, or they need a tooth or teeth removed to make room for orthodontic treatment.
Regardless of the reason, our doctors and their team will make sure you and your child are comfortable with the treatment plan.
After some local anesthetic, our doctors will remove your child’s tooth. If it is impacted or if it is a complicated removal, our doctors will discuss with you if sedation options are recommended.
Once the tooth is removed, our doctors will give you post-op instructions, and place a small piece of gauze over the extraction site to stop any bleeding and to help a clot form. Check and replace the gauze every 20 minutes until bleeding stops.
Here are some recommended tips for the first 24 hours after your child’s extraction:
- Use over-the-counter or prescribed pain reliever if recommended by our doctors.
- Give your child soft foods for the first 24 hours after their extraction.
- DO NOT allow your child to drink from a straw, rinse their mouths out, spit, or brush that area for at least 24 hours after tooth removal. This could dislodge the blood clot and cause a very painful issue called dry socket.
- Place an ice pack wrapped in a towel over the area for about 20 minutes to relieve swelling and discomfort.
- Immediately call our office if your child experiences fever, immense pain, or chills.
Distinctive Dental Concepts always considers your child’s comfort regardless of the type of treatment they are receiving. Our doctors will discuss your child’s unique situation with you to determine the best way to help them receive the treatment they need.