Tooth Extractions - Midland, TX
We Make Removing Teeth Safe & Simple
In a perfect world, every child would be able to enjoy their primary (“baby”) teeth until they fall out right when the new, adult teeth arrive to take their place. However, there are situations where our doctors may need to remove (extract) one or more teeth in order to benefit your son or daughter’s oral health and overall well-being. Rest assured that we handle this procedure as comfortably and safely as possible here in Midland, TX, and our team members will help your child feel at ease every step of the way. Please contact Midland Kid’s Dentist today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.
Does My Child Need To Have A Tooth Extracted?
There are several reasons why tooth extraction may become a necessity over the early years of your child’s life, including the following:
- Trauma or Decay: If one or more of your child’s teeth are experiencing advanced decay or a severe injury, we will do our best to treat it successfully. However, there are times when these methods just aren’t enough to help the tooth regain its function and appearance.
- Lingering “Baby Teeth”: Sometimes, your son or daughter’s primary teeth will grow out of position or linger past their expected fall-out date, which may in some cases threaten the health of the permanent tooth that’s waiting patiently for its turn underneath. In these cases, Dr. Jones or Dr. Youngblood may elect the remove the tooth themselves in order to prevent future concerns.
- Impending Orthodontic Treatment: Sometimes, permanent teeth can become overcrowded or gathered in a way that makes orthodontic treatment difficult. Extraction can create the space needed for realignment.
What Is The Tooth Extraction Process?
Sedation dentistry is typically recommended for tooth extraction so that your child can feel fully relaxed throughout the procedure. We will also provide local anesthetic and capture digital X-rays so that we can accurately assess the position of the tooth and ensure the safest, quickest process possible.
Once the tooth has been removed, your child is likely to experience oral bleeding, discomfort, and some slight facial swelling. We strongly recommend that they take ibuprofen or Tylenol when needed to control these symptoms, use ice packs, and eat a softer diet in the immediate aftermath of the procedure. After a few days, they should feel back to normal!