As dentists, we do everything we can to save natural teeth. However, there are some problems where we must remove these teeth to improve patients’ oral health. Sometimes, problems with permanent tooth eruption, misalignment, tooth decay, or even wisdom teeth require extraction. We recommend pediatric tooth extraction in our Worcester, MA, office if children have these problems.
Our office ensures patients feel comfortable during their Children’s Dental Specialties extraction treatment. Dr. Dan Moheban works with Dr. Patrick McCarty to provide dental sedation for comfortable care. We also understand that losing a tooth can be scary for kids. Our caring and compassionate knows how to comfort your child when they’re feeling anxious about extractions.
We do our best to help parents feel comfortable throughout the process. Our office maintains a calm environment and thoroughly answers any questions and concerns. In addition to wisdom tooth extractions for children, we provide pediatric dental care services to new and existing patients.
Types of Tooth Extraction in Worcester, MA
During their childhood and teen years, your kids may experience one or more of the following types of extractions:
1. Extractions of Primary Teeth
Primary tooth extractions are the most common type of tooth for children. Baby teeth act as placeholders for your child’s permanent teeth.
Around age five or six, your child will start to lose their baby teeth. Typically, kids get all their adult teeth in by the time they’re 12 years old. During those six years, the primary teeth will become loose.
As the permanent teeth emerge, they cause the roots of the baby teeth to resorb. Since the roots are the anchors that keep the teeth in the jawbone, the teeth become loose and eventually come out once the roots are gone.
Sometimes, the baby teeth don’t become loose. In those cases, it’s best for a pediatric dentist in Worcester, MA, to extract the tooth. Not removing baby teeth can interfere with permanent tooth eruption, lead to crooked teeth, and create a misaligned bite.
2. Orthodontic Extractions
Sometimes, a child will need orthodontic treatment to correct crooked teeth or misalignment but will not have enough space in their mouth. To properly align the teeth, they need more room. If true for your child, we may remove teeth to create more space. Such extractions are common in orthodontics.
Once we remove a problem tooth, your child will have more room for their tooth to move properly. We will recommend braces treatment after the extraction to help treat problems like misalignment or overcrowding.
3. Wisdom Teeth Extractions
We recommend wisdom tooth evaluations for patients between ages 16 and 18. Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to grow. Most people don’t have enough space in their mouths for these teeth to emerge properly.
Impacted wisdom teeth can make it hard to brush and floss properly. This puts your child at risk for dental decay and gum disease.
Additionally, the wisdom teeth can push against the molars in front of them, leading to root resorption of that tooth. If the teeth are impacted in the bone, they can develop a cyst or infection. This can cause jaw or tooth pain. We recommend removing these teeth before they cause a problem.
4. Extractions Due to Dental Disease
Your child can lose a tooth due to tooth decay. Rampant or deep dental decay can cause toothaches and infections. Sometimes, a tooth can become so severely damaged that we cannot provide a root canal or filling. The tooth will need to come out.
Post-Op Tooth Extraction
Your child will heal a few days or a week after their tooth extraction. They will not feel pain during their dental extraction. However, it’s normal to experience swelling and sensitivity after treatment.
We recommend that your child eats soft foods directly after treatment. Foods like pasta, mashed potatoes, and smoothies are simple to eat. Eating these foods will minimize discomfort. We will not recommend that your child eats food as their mouth is still numb as they can bite their lips or soft tissues.
Your child should not use a straw or rinse their mouth as they heal. They can dislodge protective blood clots that form over the tooth socket.
Blood clots will cover and protect the nerves as the extraction sites heal. If these blood clots do not form or are dislodged, your child can experience dry socket. This condition is highly painful, and the only treatment is pain medication.
Keep gauze over the area until the bleeding stops. Like blood clots, gauze will protect the extraction sites.
Comfortable Care For Your Child
Our office understands that dental treatments can be scary for children. Before your child visits our office, talk with them about what they can expect in the office.
Our office aims to create a calming environment for all ages. We also provide anesthetic and sedation depending on the type of tooth extraction. In addition to these dental tools, we will talk to your child about their treatment. We also welcome bringing toys, blankets, or music with headphones to help calm your child.
Should You Pull Your Child’s Baby Teeth?
One of the most common questions from parents is: Do we need a pediatric dentist to extract our child’s baby teeth? In many cases, no — all you need to do is sit back and let nature take its course. Your child can wiggle the tooth to help it, but that’s where the “help” should stop.
Do not pull the tooth out, as you risk pain, bleeding, and swelling. The tooth will come out when ready. However, pediatric tooth extractions may be necessary if your child’s tooth is not loose or doesn’t come out when it should. Our dentist can advise you when each tooth should fall out.
Prevent Tooth Decay
Does your child have sudden or chronic tooth pain? Schedule a dental appointment online or call our office today at (508) 625-5534. We will help determine if your child requires a tooth extraction in Worcester, MA. Our office may also recommend other treatments to address their symptoms.