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If your child develops a large cavity, or their wisdom teeth become impacted, tooth extractions may be necessary. At Parrish Children’s Dentistry in Parrish, Florida, expert dentist Patricia Schnur, DMD, regularly performs tooth extractions in-office as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the office and speak with a friendly team member, or book a consultation online today.
A tooth extraction is a quick, outpatient procedure used to remove decaying, damaged, or impacted teeth. Dr. Schnur always prefers to leave your child’s teeth in place, but sometimes intervention is necessary. This is particularly true in the event of excessive cavities, infection, or overcrowding.
To ensure your child’s comfort during the extraction process, Dr. Schnur administers a local anesthetic. If your child has dental anxiety or requires several extractions, she might also recommend using nitrous oxide to help them relax.
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Schnur can determine if your child needs a dental extraction. During your child’s initial consultation, she conducts a comprehensive oral exam, reviews their medical history, and takes a series of oral X-rays.
Make sure to let Dr. Schnur know about any prescription medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements your child takes regularly. You should also let Dr. Schnur know about any underlying medical conditions your child has, such as:
These conditions won’t necessarily prevent your child from receiving an extraction, but they may increase their risk of complications.
At Parrish Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Schnur offers two types of tooth extractions:
If your affected tooth is visible, Dr. Schnur recommends a simple tooth extraction. Prior to a simple extraction, she administers a local anesthetic to numb your child’s tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Schnur uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the affected tooth and then forceps to remove it.
Surgical tooth extractions are a little more complicated. Prior to a surgical extraction, Dr. Schnur administers a local anesthetic. After the anesthesia sets in, she carefully makes an incision along your child’s gum line, revealing the impacted tooth. Next, she carefully removes it.
Following a tooth extraction, it’s normal for your child to experience some pain, swelling, and mild irritation. For the first 24 hours after the procedure, allow your child to rest and relax. Your child can apply an ice pack to their cheek or take over-the-counter pain medications as necessary. Dr. Schnur may also prescribe antibiotics.
In the first few days after the extraction, your child should drink plenty of fluids and eat only soft foods. Avoid chips and crackers, and instead only consume things like yogurt, soup, or apple sauce. Your child should feel back to normal within a week’s time.
If you suspect your child needs a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment at Parrish Children’s Dentistry. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.