While a tooth extraction is not ideal for children and toddlers, it may be necessary in some cases. Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend tooth extractions to children and toddlers who have teeth that are so decayed that even a root canal won’t be able to save their tooth. In addition, we may suggest a tooth extraction to young ones who are undergoing braces treatment. A tooth extraction may allow some of their teeth to move to their correct positions.
Fortunately, the tooth extraction procedure is not as scary as it sounds. Typically, it begins with numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they will use forceps to gently extract the tooth. If your child’s tooth is impacted, their surrounding gum tissue may be removed so that the tooth can be reached.
Once the extraction is over, your child will need to bite on some gauze until the bleeding comes to an end and a blood clot forms. You’ll be provided with very specific aftercare instructions that can reduce any pain or discomfort that your child may experience. These instructions will likely include:
- Give your child over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.
- Place an ice pack over any swollen areas to minimize inflammation.
- Make sure your child only eats soft foods like mashed bananas, applesauce, and pudding for the first 24 hours after the extraction.
- Discourage your child from used straw while drinking as doing so may dislodge their blood clot.
- Ensure your child is extra gentle while brushing and flossing their teeth.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If you have further questions about tooth extractions in children and toddlers or are wondering whether your child will require a tooth extraction, call our Ashburn, VA office today at 703-348-2813.