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No matter how carefully your child cares for their teeth, tooth extractions may be needed in certain circumstances. Your Lake Havasu, AZ, dentist at Cosmic Kids Dentistry offers extractions and other services your kids need for good oral health.
How can I tell if my child may benefit from a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions may be needed in several cases, including:
- Extensive Decay: If the majority of a tooth is decayed, it may not be possible to save it. Pain is usually a major symptom of decay, as is tooth discoloration and frequent bad breath, even after brushing. Sensitivity is also common with decay, and it may arise when your child eats sugary, hot, and cold foods. Although root canals can save some decayed teeth, extraction may be the only option if the decay is widespread.
- Dental Abscess: Severe decay can also cause an abscess, an infection in the tooth's pulp. If your child has an abscess, they may complain of severe pain and have a fever. You may notice swelling around the jaw, swollen lymph nodes, a pimple or pus on the gum, or that the gums are red and swollen. If this is the case, your child will need antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading. Once again, your child's Lake Havasu dentist may be able to save the tooth with a root canal, but an extraction may be required in some cases.
- Damage: Extraction may be the only choice if your child breaks or cracks a tooth during an accident or athletic competition. If the tooth can't be restored with a crown or the damage extends into the root, your Lake Havasu dentist may recommend extraction.
- Delayed Appearance of a Permanent Tooth: Sometimes baby teeth need to be removed if they prevent permanent teeth from erupting naturally or if they don't fall out on their own. If a baby tooth is still in your child's mouth but you can see the permanent tooth in front of or behind it, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with the dentist.
- Wisdom Tooth Pain: If your teenager complains at pain at the back of the mouth, they may have partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth. Failing to remove the teeth can cause more than just pain, too. If the teeth are left in place, they can cause nerve damage and push nearby teeth out of alignment.
Does your child need a tooth extraction? Call your Lake Havasu, AZ, dentist at Cosmic Kids Dentistry at (928) 855-7717 to schedule an appointment.
Find out if your child may actually require a tooth extraction.
It was a fun time in your child’s life when they lost their baby teeth. Chances are your little one was excited too (but perhaps they were more excited about the Tooth Fairy bringing them a treat). But now that they have permanent teeth you are doing everything you can to ensure that they maintain that healthy smile. Regardless, there will be times where our Lake Havasu City, AZ, pediatric dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.
Why Your Child Might Need a Tooth Extracted
While there is never a good time to discover this, there are certain scenarios in which having a tooth removed is the best option. If your child has teeth that are so terribly decayed or infected that even a root canal can’t improve the tooth, then our Lake Havasu City children’s dentist will need to remove it. Also, if the tooth is broken or fractured so severely that the tooth’s structure is no longer viable and even a dental crown can’t protect it, then the tooth will need to be extracted.
Sometimes, before orthodontic treatment, we will need to remove a tooth prior to getting braces if teeth are so severely crowded that teeth won’t be able to move into the proper position.
Getting a Tooth Extracted
Many parents worry about their child’s anxiety surrounding this procedure, but our goal is to make your child’s procedure as easy as possible. The type of extraction they get will depend on whether the tooth is completely visible and easy to remove. In this case, we can gently extract the tooth with special tools. Don’t worry; a local anesthetic is always used to numb the area fully so your little one won’t feel a thing.
If the tooth is impacted, meaning that it’s still partially under the gums and isn’t fully visible, then we will need to numb the area and then offer some form of sedation to help your child fully relax during their procedure. To calm any fears you may have don’t hesitate to sit down and talk with us about your child’s upcoming treatment.
If you have questions about tooth extractions or if you need to schedule your child’s next routine visit, call Cosmic Kids Dentistry in Lake Havasu City, AZ. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate, comfortable and complete dental care for your little ones.