Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth in its entirety. Before proceeding with the treatment, the dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the mouth and determine whether or not an extraction would be necessary. Based on the observations, the child will be prepared for the extraction.
When will an extraction be necessary?
Damaged teeth: The teeth could get damaged due to external trauma. This may result from a bad fall, a sports-related injury, biting into anything too hard, or a high-impact blow to the mouth. We will try to restore the damaged teeth using restorations such as crowns, veneers, or composite bonding. But, if the extent of damage is severe, it will have to be extracted.
Cavities: Cavities have to be treated and filled with a suitable filling material during the initial stages itself. If left untreated for a long time, they could reach the deeper layers and infect the dental pulp, which can be quite a sensitive and painful condition. Teeth that are severely decayed may have to be removed entirely.
Impacted teeth: The teeth may sometimes get impacted or ‘stuck’ in the socket while erupting, leading to a very painful condition. If the tooth isn’t removed, it can potentially lead to infections. Hence, impacted teeth would be extracted by the dentist.
Baby teeth: Baby teeth that refuse to fall off could force the underlying permanent teeth to emerge deviated. This can lead to malocclusion and make the smile appear displeasing. The dentist may have to remove the baby teeth if they do not fall off in time.
How is an extraction carried out?
An extraction is quite a simple dental procedure. The dentist will visually diagnose the child and determine the need for an extraction. The teeth will be cleaned and prepared for the procedure. In some instances, local anesthesia will be required to numb the oral tissues and prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be gripped using forceps and removed meticulously. Suitable aftercare instructions and medication will be recommended to facilitate optimum healing and reduce pain.
For more information about dental extractions, please schedule an appointment online or call us at (661) 266-0300 to consult with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Sadek. We also serve Lancaster, Tehachapi, Rosemont, Quartz Hill, Leona Valley, and Littlerock areas.