Tooth Extractions

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Tooth Extractions

Dentists may extract teeth as a treatment for a variety of reasons. While the procedure can be scary, it is typically quite safe and effective. Tooth extraction is necessary when a tooth is severely damaged and cannot be saved with a restoration, such as a filling or dental crown. There are also cases when teeth need to be extracted for orthodontic reasons. For example, if teeth crowd each other and are unable to be moved into their correct positions, they may need to be extracted. More often, a tooth is removed due to trauma, infection, or pain. Large cavities are the is the most common reason for tooth extractions in children. Cavities occur when bacteria in your mouth consume sugar, creating acid that attacks your teeth. The acid wears away the enamel on your teeth and creates holes (cavities). If left untreated, cavities can worsen and eventually damage the dentin and pulp of your tooth. In some cases, an infected tooth may need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading. Trauma can also cause damage to a tooth that may require extraction. Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry offers tooth extraction services for children and teens in the Southern Illinois area. We understand that the thought of having a tooth pulled can be scary for both parents and kids. Our goal is to make the experience as positive as possible. We take extra care to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedure. If you have any questions about tooth extraction or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

What Happens

During a Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction For Kids

Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure. The most common reasons for extractions in pediatric dentistry are large cavities, infection/abscess, crowding of teeth, over-retained baby teeth, or extra teeth.

  • The first step for any extraction is to prepare the child for the appointment. While we will need to numb the area with a local anesthetic, it’s often helpful to avoid directly mentioning this to young children. With nitrous oxide and distraction, we can commonly acquire profound local anesthesia with minimal discomfort. If you feel the need to explain the numbing procedure, we advise you do so in a child-friendly manner to avoid unnecessary dental anxiety.

  • After the procedure is complete, we will guide you on necessary post-operative steps to take to ensure a speedy recovery.
  • In some cases, tooth extraction may be the only way to preserve oral health and prevent further damage to teeth and gums. However, it’s important to note that tooth extraction is a last resort – your dentist will always make every effort to save your natural teeth. At Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that each situation is unique. So, our dentist always ensures to assess the need for extraction and recommend the best course of treatment for your kids.

Our Tooth Extraction Process

At Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry, we always prioritize your child’s comfort and safety during any procedure.

That’s why our team is highly trained in performing tooth extractions and takes great care to ensure the process is as smooth and painless as possible. Our tooth extraction process is designed to minimize trauma and speed healing.

  • After administering our “sleepy juice” (numbing medication), we will calmly and efficiently remove the tooth . On rare occasions, a suture may be necessary to assist with healing. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. For more complex surgical cases, referral to an oral surgeon may be indicated. After the procedure, you will be given specific instructions on caring for your mouth and extraction site. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry offers quality dental services for kids at affordable prices. Schedule an appointment today and let us help you get relief from tooth pain!

What Are Tooth Extractions?

The Removal Of A Tooth From Its Socket

There are many reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted, including (but not limited to):

  • Severe decay that has reached the nerve
  • Infection or abscess
  • To prepare for braces
  • To remove a wisdom tooth that is impacted or difficult to remove

The extraction process involves special skills and techniques. If your child is in need of tooth extraction or if you have any other questions about their oral health, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Our experienced and friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help you get the treatment your kids need.

Simple Extraction

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. This can be done for a number of reasons, including decay, infection, or gum disease. Most teeth can be removed without adddiontal surgery.

Surgical Extraction

Impacted tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove a tooth that has become impacted in the jawbone. This can happen when there is not enough room in the jaw for all teeth to grow properly, and the tooth becomes wedged in between other teeth or becomes stuck in the gum tissue. Impacted teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection and damage nearby teeth. This procedure will likely require referral to an oral surgeon.

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