There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. A tooth may be infected or have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk. Sometimes, a baby tooth has long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. Orthodontic treatment or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
The root of the tooth is encased within the jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and the tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, the dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your dentist any concerns or preferences for sedation; we want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible.
The day after your child’s extraction:
- No drinking with straws
- No vigorous rinsing and spitting
- A soft diet is recommended; no eating of popcorn, pretzels, pizza, crackers, or any food with sharp edges
- If your child has any discomfort, your dentist may have recommended you give a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®
- If your child experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office