The Super Dentists want your children to have healthy, beautiful teeth that will last them a lifetime. Sometimes, it is necessary to pull a tooth that cannot be repaired, or to protect the other teeth. Called a tooth extraction or tooth removal, this procedure is recommended if a tooth is damaged or decayed, a baby tooth is in the way of a permanent tooth causing space issues, a wisdom tooth is impacted or to make room for orthodontic work if there is crowding.
A tooth extraction is a routine procedure that is performed in the office with a mild anesthesia. After the extraction, you will receive instructions for caring for the mouth. Depending on which tooth was removed, your child may have a little swelling or discomfort. You can use an ice pack for any swelling and may give acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers for discomfort. Feeding soft foods can also be helpful. If your super dentist gives a prescription for antibiotics, make sure you give your child the full course of treatment to prevent infections. For most tooth extractions, your child should be back to normal after a few days.