We always do our best to save little teeth, but sometimes extractions are the only option for restoring your child’s oral health. That’s why we offer gentle, virtually pain-free pediatric extractions in a caring environment.
As a conservative dentist, Dr. Shwetha Rai always wants to preserve your child’s natural teeth whenever possible. In some cases of severe damage, though, removing a tooth from your child’s mouth may be the best option. With a pediatric extraction, Dr. Rai can get your child out of pain, prevent further complications, and put them on the road to recovery. Worried about your child’s oral health? Contact us today to schedule their consultation in Arlington.
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If your child has an untreated cavity, it may eventually progress into a tooth infection. Tooth infections cause a lot of pain and will eventually kill your little one’s tooth. While it’s often possible to remove the infection with a pulpotomy, some infections may be too advanced and may require a pediatric extraction for treatment.
It’s not always possible to repair and save deeply cracked or broken teeth. If Dr. Rai doesn’t think that your child’s tooth can be saved, she will recommend tooth extraction and a space maintainer to maintain the proper gap until your child’s adult tooth emerges.
In some cases, tooth extractions may be needed as part of orthodontic treatment for kids and teens. For example, if your child has very crowded teeth, removing one or two teeth may make it easier to correct their smile and bite.
First, Dr. Rai will clean and prep the surgical area. She will numb your child’s mouth to make sure that they feel absolutely no pain or discomfort during their extraction. We also offer a variety of dental sedation options in Arlington for kids. With sedation, your little one won’t have to feel nervous, anxious, or scared of their tooth extraction.
Once their mouth is numb, Dr. Rai will use special tools to gently loosen your little one’s tooth from its socket. Then, she will wiggle it out of their mouth. Next, she will clean and disinfect the area and ensure that it heals properly.
After your child’s tooth is removed, you will be sent home with instructions on how to care for their mouth. Make sure you follow Dr. Rai’s instructions to ensure your child’s mouth heals properly. It can take up to two weeks for your child to fully heal, but they should be able to get back to their routine within a day or two.
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It only takes a few minutes for each tooth. However, you can expect your child’s appointment at Shirlington Pediatric Dentistry to last around 45 minutes depending on various factors. This is due to the other necessary steps such as numbing their mouth, administering sedation if needed, the number of teeth we are addressing, among others.