There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth doesn't fall out when 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 is not restorable and must be removed. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
If it is determined that your child’s tooth needs to be removed, your pediatric dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with us 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, 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