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 the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.
At 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 may also require removal of a tooth.
If it is determined that your son or daughter’s tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Miller may extract it during a regular checkup or schedule another visit for the 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 a tooth, a dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place. Though this procedure is typically very quick, it is worthwhile to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation; we want to make sure your youngster 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 that has sharp edges
- If your child has any discomfort, provide a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®
- If your little one experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office