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Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction, better known as teeth pulling, is the removal of a tooth that is beyond repair. A tooth may need to be pulled due to:

  • Extensive damage (significantly chipped, etc)
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Preparation & space management for orthodontic treatment
  • Baby teeth failing to fall out

There are two types of tooth extractions, simple and surgical. A simple extraction is used by pulling a baby tooth that is clearly visible in the mouth. A simple extraction normally will only call for a local anesthetic and is performed by using a simple device called an “elevator” which loosens the tooth.

The method of surgical extraction is required if a tooth is either embedded or partially embedded in the jaw bone. A surgical extraction is frequently performed with a local anesthetic and laughing gas, however in some cases IV sedation or general anesthesia may be recommended.

The Do’s & Please Don’ts When Healing From a Tooth Extractions

After an extraction parents should closely monitor their child’s behavior and healing process.

Do's: Ice packs are a great way to decrease swelling and can be used in 20 minute intervals. Over the counter pain medications can also be used, however it is important to talk with your dentist about the recommended dosage and duration. It is also important to continue with a regular oral hygiene routine while using caution around the area of the extraction. With proper and gentle care, recovery from an extraction should be quick!

Please Don'ts: Following an extraction, kids should avoid drinking through a straw or spitting vigorously as this could dislodge the blood clot that forms after the extraction.

The best part...The Tooth Fairy will come for a visit!