Children’s Tooth Extractions | Gallatin TN
You and Dr. Reed may determine that your child needs a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced infection resulting in an abscess, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and unwanted movement of teeth, which can have a major impact on your child’s dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Reed will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth with space maintainers where indicated.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction Dr. Reed will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Sectioning a tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We will ask you to have your child bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for an additional 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to stem the flow of blood from the extraction site.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 24-48 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 24-48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the prescribed medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. Your child can begin to eat normally as soon as they are able and can tolerate foods without added discomfort.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 1-2 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
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