The Conditions When Your Child May Need a Tooth Extraction
When the time for a tooth extraction comes, several conditions can lead to the need for it. As child dentists in Tulsa, we get many cases where parents walk into our clinic worried about the condition of their kid’s teeth. Upon thorough examination, we determine the root cause of the problem and if necessary, proceed with the tooth extraction. You should know that a tooth extraction refers to the removal of an affected (decayed) tooth from the jaw. This is a minor surgical procedure, but it helps to extract a severely impacted tooth.
The complexity, whether a simple or a complicated extraction often depends on the tooth, its form and the shape along with the position in the mouth that it assumes. During the extraction, mono-rooted tooth extraction is quite simple compared to one that has two (and sometimes three) divergent roots. Keep in mind that a fractured, or impacted tooth will also be difficult to extract, hence the cases for the extraction may vary.
Rest assured that when you bring your kid to our office, we will perform the root extraction with anesthesia. This should help to numb the affected area to allow easy pulling out of the tooth.
The Common Conditions for Tooth Extraction
Here are some of the conditions where you may need to bring in your child for a tooth extraction at our office in Tulsa.
Mixed Dentition Phase
This refers to when a child reaches an age where his or her baby teeth are exfoliating, and permanent teeth start to erupt. The need for baby tooth extraction will become necessary when the permanent tooth erupts before the expected time. Upon a complete exfoliation, the tooth may just fall off, but an extraction may be needed.
If the baby or permanent tooth is infected by dental caries, without dental fillings or a root canal being effective, we may have to perform an extraction.
If your child struggles with gum diseases, it could spread to the bone eventually. As a result, the tooth will become mobile since it will lack the right support. Usually, the gum disease could heal, but if the condition becomes severe, reversing it may not be possible and it will just need an extraction.
Some occlusion problems resolve using dental braces. The teeth often get back to proper alignment by moving or expanding the arch. Sometimes, the space in the gums is insufficient and the only treatment option to create the space is to extract a few teeth. After the extraction, space will permit proper teeth movement and alignment of a smile.
After Extraction Care
Once the tooth extraction is over, a blood clot will form in the empty space of the tooth. Keep in mind that this is the way the body prevents excessive bleeding and thus aids the process of healing. You can aid the process for your child by encouraging them to bite down on gauze for about 20-30 minutes post extraction. If the bleeding does not subside your child may have to bite down on gauze for 30 more minutes.
Swelling and some pain are common, at least for a couple of days. Make sure your child doesn’t brush the tooth and the area next to the extracted tooth. They should avoid any activity that may dislodge the blood clot.
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