There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and it must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.
Other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal.
If it is determined that your child’s tooth has to be removed, Dr. Doan will schedule a visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within the jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and the tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract it, Dr. Doan must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place.
While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation; we want to make sure your son or daughter is as comfortable as possible.
The day after your child’s extraction
- No drinking with straws
- No vigorous rinsing and spitting
- A soft diet is recommended; no eating of popcorn, pretzels, pizza, crackers, or any food with sharp edges
- If your youngster has any discomfort, give a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®
- If your child experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office.