As dentists, our main goal is to preserve your teeth and keep them healthy for as long as possible! There are times, however, when it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted.
Some reasons for extracting a tooth:
- your child has a primary (baby) tooth that is very loose but won’t come out on it’s own, even though it’s past time for it to go and the permanent tooth is already erupting
- a tooth that has been severely damaged by trauma or decay
- impacted wisdom tooth that may cause difficulty for you in the future
- with orthodontic treatment, as your child has insignificant space for his/her adult teeth (crowding)
Whatever the reason, extracting a tooth is more often than not, a very routine procedure.
Taking Care of your Mouth after Extractions
Just a reminder, in regards to extractions of permanent teeth:
- Do not scratch , chew, suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. Please watch your child closely so that he/she does not injure his/her lip, tongue, or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
- Do not rinse the mouth for several hours.
- Do not spit excessively.
- Do not drink a carbonated beverage (Coke, Sprite, etc.) for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid hot foods and beverages.
- Do not drink through a straw.
- Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity for several hours after the extraction.
- Maintain a soft diet for a day or two, or until your child feels comfortable eating normally again. Avoid hard foods with sharp edges.
Bleeding – Some bleeding is to be expected. If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place a piece of cotton gauze firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for fifteen minutes. Repeat as necessary.
Pain – For discomfort use Children’s Tylenol or Motrin as directed for the age of your child. If another medicine was prescribed, then follow the directions on the medicine bottle.
Please do not hesitate to contact our practice if you have any questions!