It’s not uncommon for kids to need a tooth extraction, whether because of decay, crowding, or injury. If your child needs an extraction, you might wonder what the process is like and how you can help them through it. Here’s what you need to know about pediatric tooth extractions.
It’s always a difficult decision to make when it comes to figuring out when your child needs a tooth extraction. On the one hand, the idea of someone pulling their tooth can be uncomfortable, especially for a young child. On the other hand, extractions are sometimes necessary to keep their oral health in check. Ultimately, it is up to you and your child’s dentist to decide when the right time is for extraction. They will be able to assess your child’s condition and let you know if they need it. Don’t worry; even if an extraction is required, your kid won’t have more than a few days of discomfort!
When does your child need a tooth extraction?
Signs that your child may need to undergo an extraction procedure include:
- Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing.
- Swollen or puffy gums.
- A lingering unpleasant taste in the mouth.
- Discolored teeth.
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, it may be best to take them to the dentist and get their teeth examined. In a worst-case scenario, your dentist can determine if they need to perform an extraction – but with modern technology it won’t be as bad as it sounds!
How is a tooth extraction performed on a child?
Tooth extractions can be daunting for children and parents, but there are ways to make the process as safe and stress-free as possible. Children who need teeth extracted typically receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once the affected area is completely numb, the dentist will use various tools, such as soothing water sprays, to provide comfort during the extraction. The dentist will also explain each step of the process in detail before beginning. While no parent wants their little one to experience pain, tooth extraction is a very common procedure that has been helping children with dental health issues for centuries!
What can you expect after your child’s tooth extraction?
After your child’s tooth extraction, you can expect the procedure area to feel slightly tender for a couple of days, but with proper care and precaution, this tenderness should subside. Your little one may also experience minor bleeding while they eat or chew over the next couple of days, although it won’t last more than a few hours each time. The good news is that your child’s mouth should recover fully by following the dentist’s instructions. Oh – and here’s something your child will love: It’s totally acceptable for them to have ice cream and soft foods after tooth extraction! Last but not least, don’t forget to schedule regular follow-ups so their healing process can be monitored closely.
How can you help your child feel better after their tooth extraction?
It’s not easy for children to get a tooth pulled – but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! Along with soothing pain medications prescribed by the dentist, there are things you can do as a parent to help make your child more comfortable after their extraction. Have them sip on something cold, like iced tea or juice, to ease the soreness in their mouth. Most importantly, sit down with them and have an honest conversation about their experience at the dentist’s office; expressing empathy toward what they’re going through is essential in helping them feel better.
If you’re wondering if your child needs a tooth extraction or if you want to know more about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are always happy to chat with parents and answer their questions!