Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Round Rock , TX offers tooth extractions for kids

In our recent blogs, we have discussed the many restorations available that can help repair a tooth. However, if one is damaged beyond repair, the best option to save your smile may be to remove it. Our team at Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock, TX, will do their best to ensure that your child’s comfort and health are of top priority during this procedure.

When A Tooth Cannot Be Restored

If your child has a cavity or has fractured one of their pearly whites, there are many methods available to restore it. Dental fillings can be used to treat moderate cavities or root canals can be done to repair the area after severe decay. Even minor fractures or chips can be repaired with the use of a dental crown. However, if the damage is too severe, it may be in the best interest to remove the structure. This may be the case if the tooth has needed several restorations, is extremely damaged, or has the potential to harm other teeth surrounding it.

Helping Your Child Stay Comfortable

Dentist visits can be hard on your child. To help them feel more comfortable with more invasive treatments, such as extractions, we offer different forms of sedation. For a typical removal, we may use nitrous oxide or oral sedation. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, helps your child feel calm during the treatment. Oral sedation is taken before the procedure begins, and your little one is always comfortable throughout their appointment. We also offer general anesthesia, but this is usually used for more extensive dental work or patients with severe anxiety. Before their appointment, their dentist will discuss these options with you and decide what the best means of sedation would be. Along with sedation, our team will also do their best to help your young one feel relaxed.

After The Extraction

Depending on the type of sedation used for their appointment, your child may feel a little groggy coming out of their treatment. This is normal and should go away within a few hours. It may take a few days for them to fully recover from having a tooth removed. During this time, they should eat softer foods and avoid anything that could irritate the area. If it is a primary tooth that has been removed, the permanent one will eventually grow into the space left behind, so no other work may be necessary. Your dentist will give you specific instructions for aftercare as well.

Talk To Our Team Today

If your child has a severely damaged tooth, it may be the last resort to remove it. call Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock, TX, today at 512-733-5311 to ask about this option.