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Tooth Extractions for Kids in Lytle, TX

No parent wants to hear that their child needs a tooth removed, but gentle dental extractions can help patients avoid further, more serious dental issues down the road. Our experienced team at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry can remove problematic teeth efficiently and painlessly and restore your child’s smile to a happy and healthy state. If you would like to learn more about kids’ tooth extractions or schedule an appointment with our team, please contact our front office.

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Why would a baby tooth extraction be necessary?

There are few different reasons why extracting a tooth may be the best treatment option for your child. If a baby tooth has been greatly affected by tooth decay or dental trauma, we may recommend removing the tooth so that the damage doesn’t affect the adult tooth underneath. Baby teeth will sometimes need to be removed if they are crowding nearby teeth or preventing an adult tooth from growing in properly. Once a baby tooth is removed, a space maintainer is usually placed to help the adult teeth in that area come in correctly, which helps prevent future alignment issues.

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When can my child return to school after a tooth extraction?

When it comes to recovery time, every child is different. After the procedure is complete, patients should go straight home and rest for the remainder of the day. After two or three days, your child should be feeling mostly back to normal, but they should still refrain from eating hard or crunchy foods and participating in sports and other physical activities. We recommend propping their head up on a few pillows and having them gently hold an ice pack to the side of their face during their recovery. Patients should wait until the numbness wears off before eating anything and avoid drinking through a straw.

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Are kids’ tooth extractions painful?

Before the tooth is extracted, a local anesthetic will be administered into the gums near the tooth that is being removed, which completely numbs the affected area so that the procedure is painless. Your child will likely feel some pain or discomfort a few hours after you leave our office, so we recommend having a pain medication like Ibuprofen on hand to keep their pain and swelling to a minimum. Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry also offers dental sedation that can help kids stay calm during their appointments and may even prevent them from remembering parts of their visit.

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