Article written by Elite Dental Group.
Tooth extractions can be an uncomfortable, scary experience for a child. Preparing a child for an extraction can help them stay calm throughout the procedure while helping the dentist complete the procedure quickly.
A child’s teeth will need to be extracted if they are damaged due to decay or if a child’s mouth is overcrowded. Children who are getting braces may also need to undergo extractions to make space for their teeth to move into place. Before an extraction, a dentist will request an x-ray to understand tooth placement and if an extraction is necessary. To ensure that there is no infection, a dentist may prescribe antibiotics that need to be taken before and after the procedure.
Children who are anxious about an extraction can be prescribed anti-anxiety medication and sedated during the procedure. An extraction will begin with the dentist numbing the area to reduce pain. The dentist will then use forceps to rock the tooth back and forth until the ligament breaks free.
After the procedure, the dentist will request the patient to bite down on gauze to stop the bleeding. Extractions can release a lot of blood, which means that the gauze will need to be changed every 20-30 mins.
Additionally, pain killers will be prescribed, and your child will be requested to eat soft foods for 24-hours following the procedure. Brushing directly on or near the area should be avoided until the area is completely healed which can take up to 10-14 days.
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