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Tooth Extractions

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Tooth Extractions

An extraction can make both children and parents anxious, but they are a common procedure in most dental offices. Sometimes a child’s tooth has too much decay to restore, or they need a tooth or teeth removed to make room for orthodontic treatment.

After applying local anesthetic, your dentist will remove your child’s tooth. If it is impacted or a complicated removal, your dentist will discuss with you if sedation options are recommended.

Once the tooth is removed, your dentist will give you post-op instructions, and place a small piece of gauze over the extraction site to stop any bleeding and to help a clot form. Check and replace the gauze every 20 minutes until bleeding stops.

Here are some recommended tips for the first 24 hours after your child’s extraction:

  • DO NOT allow your child to drink from a straw, rinse their mouths out, spit
  • Place an ice pack wrapped in a towel over the area for about 20 minutes to relieve swelling and discomfort.
  • Immediately call our office if your child experiences fever, immense pain, or chills.