RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry located in Rye, NY
When your child needs a tooth extraction due to trauma or another dental issue, Deborah Troy, DDS, and Charles Yau, DDS, of RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry in Downtown Rye, New York, can help. Whether they need a baby or adult tooth removed, the team of experts can make the process as comfortable as possible. To schedule extractions, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Extractions Q & A
What is a tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is the surgical removal of a baby or permanent tooth. Removing a tooth may be the best option for your child if their tooth is damaged or could impact their oral health or dental development, such as with wisdom tooth removal.
A simple tooth extraction involves the removal of a tooth visible in the child’s mouth. An extraction can be deemed necessary if the tooth is badly decayed or damaged and non-salvageable, or to assist with growth and development. Molars are most likely to get cavities, especially when children don't have effective or consistent oral hygiene. It is also common for teens and young adults to get impacted wisdom teeth, which need removal.
Tooth extraction is ideal when fillings, pulpotomy, or other restorations aren't an option or because keeping the tooth could impact the health or development of the surrounding teeth.
Why does my child need a tooth extraction?
The RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry team may recommend tooth extractions if your child has:
- Severe decay
- Crowded bite
- Dental trauma or injury
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Dental misalignment concerns
- Developmental dental issues
For some children, their baby teeth don't naturally fall out. In this case, their permanent teeth can't come in and get trapped in the gums. The team removes their baby teeth so their adult teeth can erupt naturally.
What do tooth extractions entail?
Your child will be acquainted with the procedure, in age-appropriate terms that they will understand, without evoking fear or anxiety. The RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry team will apply a topical anesthetic prior to the injection of a local anesthetic. Once fully anesthetized, the tooth is gently removed with little discomfort. Most children don’t even realize the tooth has been extracted! Some children may report the feeling pf pressure, but not pain.
After tooth removal, the dentist may use tiny stitches to close the hole in the gums, if needed. In some cases, a space maintainer may be needed to maintain the gap to prevent the teeth from shifting while waiting for a permanent tooth to grow in. The team will provide instructions on how to care for your child after their extraction, and follow up with you that evening.
To schedule a tooth extraction, call or book an appointment online with RyeSmiles Pediatric Dentistry today.
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