Pain prevention for our patients is dependent upon parents’ preference, your child’s age and health, and dentist preference. Our dentists often use a flavored topical numbing ointment, and at times a shot is required. If general anesthesia is required, we will discuss all details with you. We will be sure to find a balance between controlling pain while preventing unnecessary use of painkillers.
During a tooth extraction, our dentist will expand the tooth’s socket with an instrument called an elevator, separating the tooth from its ligament or socket. Forceps will be used to remove (wiggle) the tooth, using a rocking method, from the socket.
Following the extraction, a small piece of gauze will be placed at the site and should remain there until the blood has clotted. Bleeding may last for about a day. Maintaining a clean mouth is imperative to be sure your child does not develop an infection. Rinsing frequently throughout the day with salt water can help keep the site clean. If you notice additional swelling or a fever, please call our office immediately. Our dentists will discuss recommendations for pain management (either prescribed painkillers or use of Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen). Applying an ice pack can also help reduce swelling and pain.
Why would my child need a tooth extracted?
Extraction of teeth are not uncommon and there are several reasons that we may recommend a tooth extraction.
- Pain/abscess – if your child is in pain or there is an abscess/active infection
- Orthodontic extractions – if your child needs teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment
- Over-retained baby teeth – if teeth are not coming out on their own
- Wisdom teeth – some patients may not have enough space for them; if they are infected or causing pain.
My child needs a tooth extracted, what should I do?
The most important thing is to not scare your child about their tooth being extracted. Our team is highly trained in discussing the procedure with your child and what to expect throughout the visit.
Will my child feel the tooth extraction?
We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) INSERT LINK TO SEDATION which may help reduce anxiety and help with the procedure. A local anesthetic is always given to make the procedure comfortable and painless.
How long will my child be in pain after the procedure?
Normally the healing time for an extraction is 3-7 days depending on the extent of the infection or difficulty of the extraction. We recommend Children’s Motrin or Tylenol for pain management if needed.
Tooth extractions may sound like a painful procedure that may induce anxiety and panic, but it usually is a simple procedure that is not uncommon. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to schedule a consultation with us.