With our fillings and crowns, we strive to help rebuild damaged teeth and offer solutions for tooth decay and infection. When possible, we want to preserve baby teeth until they fall out naturally, and help safeguard the permanent teeth too. But sometimes, an oral health issue arises that is so serious, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist recommends an extraction!
When a Child Benefits From Removing a Tooth
When does a child need to have a tooth removed? If a cavity or infection has grown so severe it threatens to spread to other teeth, then a root canal and crown may not be enough, extraction then saves the smile as a while. Likewise, if a baby tooth fails to fall out on schedule and a permanent one begins to erupt behind it, removal could help prevent serious misalignment. We could also help if a permanent tooth is impacted and erupts improperly. As your children grow older and approach adulthood, we could also remove the wisdom teeth to prevent impaction and misalignment from occurring.
The Extraction Process
First, we always take steps to ensure your child is comfortable and relaxed. Our team is skilled and experienced in talking with children and helping them feel at ease. We will answer their questions and let them know exactly what to expect. To ensure their comfort, we administer a local numbing agent to the area around the tooth, and we also have dental sedation to help children enter a calm and relaxed state, with no memory of the procedure. We then gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps. We suture the area closed and provide detailed aftercare instructions. After a day, your little one can likely return to normal activities. We will remove sutures in a follow-up visit.
Keeping Little Smiles Healthy
To avoid issues like tooth decay and infection, make sure your little one brushes and flosses daily, and attend six-month checkup and cleaning visits with our team. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks is helpful too! If your child plays sports, be sure he or she wears an athletic mouthguard to prevent damage. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, then contact our team today. We would love to help you schedule your little one’s next visit.
Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock Offers Restorative Dentistry for Kids
We’re ready to tackle minor and serious oral health issues, keeping your child’s smile strong and healthy. Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock offers restorative care for children of all ages, including lifelike fillings, strong dental crowns, and safe and comfortable dental extraction. To find out more about our treatment options, contact your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.