Sometimes a tooth needs to be professionally removed from its socket. This is called an extraction. Children may need a tooth removed, including tooth decay, abscess, infection, trauma, orthodontic reasons, or stubborn baby teeth that interfere with the eruption of an adult tooth.

Simple Extractions and Recovery

Simple extraction procedures begin with a numbing topical gel, then giving your child a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be removed or extracted. This keeps any pain away during the extraction procedure; however, “pressure” can still be felt. Then the tooth will be loosened and removed with dental tools. Following an extraction, we recommend that your child take caution to avoid biting/pinching their lips and cheeks and limit their physical activity for a day or so. They should eat soft foods and brush their teeth carefully so that the tooth socket heals properly.

Our pediatric dental team ensures the safety of all our patients during extraction procedures. Finding out that your child needs a dental extraction can be stressful and worrisome. However, necessary extractions in childhood can prevent future oral health complications. At Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Jackson, we want to alleviate any concerns for you and your child. Contact our office for more information about extractions.

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