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Tooth Extraction Leesburg, VA

A tooth extraction is a process where we remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. It seems like a scary or painful procedure. However, we may need to perform an extraction for pain relief or to protect oral health. Even children may need a tooth extraction under certain circumstances. At SmileCity Pediatric Dentistry, we make sure that your child is safe and comfortable during their tooth extraction. 

Tooth Extraction in Leesburg, VA

Reasons for Tooth Extraction in Children

Although it may seem like a rare issue, we do have to remove teeth for kids. Several factors may create the need for tooth extraction in children.

Tooth decay can cause a lot of damage to a tooth if left untreated. In cases with extensive decay, we may not be able to repair the tooth with a filling. As a result, we may need to extract the tooth to prevent the spread of infection.

Sometimes, a tooth may become impacted. This means that a tooth cannot fully emerge from underneath the gum tissue. Impacted teeth commonly occur with wisdom teeth. However, they can also affect other permanent teeth. We may recommend extraction if the tooth causes pain, infection, or crowding.

 In some cases, a child’s mouth may not have enough space to accommodate all of their permanent teeth. Overcrowding can lead to misalignment, bite problems, and difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene. In such cases, extraction of one or more teeth may be necessary to create space. It can also prevent future complications.

Tooth extraction may be part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan to address issues such as crowding and spacing. We may need to strategically remove certain teeth to help your alignment journey. This process can help achieve better alignment and improve the function of the smile.

Some children are prone to accidents. Accidents or injuries to the mouth can result in fractured, broken, or knocked-out teeth. In some cases, the damage may be too severe to repair. As a result, extraction may be the best course of action to preserve oral health.

The Tooth Extraction Process for Children

While the thought of tooth extraction may be scary, the procedure is typically straightforward. We perform the procedure under local anesthesia to make sure your child is comfortable.

Before the extraction, Dr. Mark or Dr. SK will review the child’s medical history and may take X-rays. This helps us get a better picture of the tooth’s position, roots, and surrounding structures. Then, we will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth. We don’t want your child to feel any pain during the extraction.

Using specialized instruments, Dr. Mark or Dr. SK will gently loosen the tooth from its socket and remove it from the mouth. In some cases, we may need to section the tooth into smaller pieces for easier removal.

After the extraction, our team will provide instructions for post-operative care, including guidelines for pain, oral hygiene, and dietary restrictions. Your child may have some mild discomfort and swelling following the procedure. However, we can manage this pain with medication and ice packs.

You will need to bring your child to a follow-up appointment to make sure they are healing properly. We also want to check for any complications. In some cases, one of the dentists may suggest further treatments. If your child needs to replace the tooth, we have options for them. Sometimes, this helps restore the function and look of their smiles.