There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth has a misshapen or 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. Other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require tooth removal.
If it is determined that your child’s tooth needs to be removed, your pediatric dentist may extract it during a regular checkup or schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within the jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and the tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. 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 rapid, 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.
What to do the day after your child’s extraction: