Does My Child Need a Baby Tooth Extraction?

If your child needs a baby tooth extraction due to a loose or damaged tooth, knowing what to expect and how to follow up with his or her aftercare is important.

Kool Smiles is here to help your child heal quickly after a baby tooth extraction.

What Is a Baby Tooth Extraction?

A baby tooth extraction is a procedure which involves pulling out a tooth and then cleaning the area. Follow this guide to know what to expect from an extraction, and how to manage pain and care for your child after the procedure is complete.

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What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction

Taking your child to the dentist can be stressful, but family-friendly dentists, like the ones at Kool Smiles, can help you and your child stay relaxed. When your baby’s tooth requires an extraction, here’s what to expect:

  • A dentist may take an x-ray of your baby’s tooth to check the position of the tooth.
  • The dentist may numb the surrounding area. This may put your baby to sleep, while other forms of sedation may keep your child awake. Bring a list of known allergies and medications that affect your child.
  • Once the area is numbed, the tooth is loosened with movement or pressure.

Follow-Up Care After Tooth Extraction

Keep the following items handy after your baby’s tooth extraction:

  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Child-safe pain medication
  • Ice pack
  • Warm salt water
  • Soft baby food

If your baby is in a lot of pain, he or she may have developed dry socket, which is a painful condition that occurs if the bone is exposed to too much air and food.

You should always call your dentist if:

  • The swelling remains or worsens
  • Your baby develops fever, chills, or redness
  • Your baby does not eat or has trouble swallowing

No Hassle Treatment at Kool Smiles

At Kool Smiles, we want to see you and your kids smile. Our highly-skilled team of dental professionals is dedicated to protecting smiles by offering low-cost, quality care.

A tooth extraction for your baby can be stressful. That’s why we let parents watch procedures. Many of our offices have large waiting rooms and playgrounds where your children can have a comfortable experience.

Kool Smiles locations across the nation take most forms of insurance including Medicare, TRICARE, and CareCredit. We also offer additional payment plans to meet your budget.

Schedule a Baby Tooth Extraction at Kool Smiles

Call Kool Smiles today to schedule a tooth extraction for your child.

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Sources:

Live Strong: www.livestrong.com/article/209653-how-to-take-care-of-baby-teeth-extractions/

Your Dentistry Guide: www.yourdentistryguide.com/tooth-extraction/

Colgate: www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth/article/tooth-extraction-and-dry-sockets