For children undergoing complex dental extractions, the process can seem scary. But with the help of caring and experienced pediatric dentists, this difficult process can be made much simpler. With advanced techniques for sedation and anesthesia, parents can feel secure knowing that their child’s extraction will be as painless and stress-free as possible. Let us take a closer look at complex pediatric dental extractions and how they can be made easier.
Why does your child need dental extraction?
A dental extraction is necessary when a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, or infected. Sometimes, a tooth may need to be extracted due to overcrowding or alignment issues. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to perform extractions on children of all ages and can safely and effectively remove the affected tooth. If the extraction is too complex for a pediatric dentist, they may refer your child to an oral surgeon.
Process of teeth extraction
Before a complex extraction procedure can begin, the child must have an x-ray taken to determine the exact location of the tooth and its roots. Once this information is gathered, the dentist will discuss with you and your child which type of sedation is best for their needs– nitrous oxide or IV sedation. Nitrous oxide is generally more suitable for younger children as it has fewer side effects, while IV sedation provides a deeper level of relaxation that older children may need.
A local anesthetic is usually all that is needed for a quick extraction. The tooth is then extracted by the dentist using forceps after being rotated and moved around in the socket to loosen the periodontal ligaments that hold the tooth to the jawbone.
Here are some tips to help ensure rapid and successful recovery:
- Use sterile gauze to bite down gently for about 30 minutes after your extraction to control bleeding and encourage the formation of a protective clot.
- Small stitches may be needed to close the tooth socket, which will dissolve within 1-2 weeks.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting out during the first 24 hours after the extraction.
- Take Tylenol or ibuprofen to help relieve pain and swelling.
- Apply an ice pack outside your jaw for mild swelling in the days following surgery.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods for at least one week, such as chips, nuts, or popcorn which can often dislodge the protective clot from the wound site.
- Finally, keep your mouth clean by drinking plenty of water each day, swishing with salt water (after 24 hrs.), and using a soft-bristled toothbrush around the surgical area.
Your child’s dental extraction at Palm Valley Pediatric
At Palm Valley Pediatric, we understand how important it is for parents to have their children’s teeth in optimal condition and are here to help when extraction becomes necessary. Be sure to take your time with your child complaining of pain, as delaying treatment can cause more serious issues; bring them in for a medical evaluation. Our experienced pediatric dentists will care for your child and ensure they feel comfortable. We strive to ensure the utmost safety while extracting the teeth, so rest assured that your child is in capable hands.