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BABY TEETH EXTRACTION

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR BABY TOOTH EXTRACTION?

First, your child’s pediatric dentist will examine the tooth during an office visit. X-rays may be taken and assessed to determine the position of the tooth, the condition of surrounding bone, and whether or not a permanent tooth has started to come in.

During primary tooth extraction, the dentist applies a topical numbing agent to the gum and then an injection is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. The tooth is then gradually loosened and removed.

 

WHEN DO BABY NEED TO BE EXTRACTED?

Sometimes a permanent adult tooth begins to come in while the primary tooth is still present. In these cases, the baby tooth can make the permanent tooth come in the wrong spot so the baby tooth may need to be extracted to make room for the incoming tooth.

Primary teeth may also be removed if they are severely infected or traumatised. Severe inflammation or infection causes severe pain and can worsen, spreading to other parts of the mouth and body.

While there are treatments used to fill cavities (which risk being invaded by bacteria) and remove infection, if a tooth is beyond repair, then primary tooth extraction may be needed to eliminate further risk of infection.

 

HOW DO I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR A BABY TOOTH EXTRACTION?

If your child is nervous about his or her appointment,talk to them beforehand.

Be sure not to use word such as “hurt” or “pain”, which will only exacerbate their anxiety.

 

What Happens After The Primary Tooth Is Removed?

Parents and caregivers should keep a close eye on children after a primary tooth extraction. Children may attempt to bite the cheek, gum, or lip due to the unfamiliar numbness in the area. Because the area is numbed, your child may not realise the amount of pressure he or she is applying, which can cause injury to the mouth.

To avoid dislodging the clot, which is needed to help the site of extraction heal, your child should avoid excessive activity for the rest of the day. This includes jumping, running, swimming, and rough play. Your child should also avoid rinsing, spitting and using a straw for about 24 hours.

Make sure your child does not pick or poke at the area. Inserting fingers and other objects (like pencils) into the mouth can cause injury or increase the risk of infection.

Have your child eat only soft foods for the first few days after the procedure, as hard foods or foods with sharp edges, such as potato chips or candies.

When the mouth has fully healed, a space maintainer may be placed to hold space for the permanent tooth if it has not yet come in.

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