At Summer Kids Dental in Las Vegas, we’re fond of saying that teeth are meant to last a lifetime. And they are. But sometimes dental issues become so serious that tooth extraction is unavoidable, even in baby teeth.
Extractions may be necessary due to extensive decay. In other cases, we need to make room for orthodontic treatment.
Generally speaking, there are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is when we pull a baby tooth that is plainly visible. The extraction involves loosening the tooth with a special device, and pulling it with forceps. It sounds worse than it is; in most cases, these can be done with a local anesthetic.
The other type of extraction is surgical. This is necessary when a tooth is embedded in the jaw bone, either fully or partially.
Having a tooth pulled has a way of making dental patients nervous, and this is especially true with kids. At Summer Kids Dental, the comfort of our young patients is always our biggest concern. Sedation is an option, and we offer two types:
- Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, it is very effective in making you relax. It’s been used in dentistry for more than a century. It takes effect quickly and wears off quickly.
- Oral conscious sedation. We prescribe a sedative for your child to take an hour or so before the appointment. It is highly effective, but also takes a while to wear off. Don’t schedule anything else for your child that day.
Once the procedure is over, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your child for the rest of the day. They’ll need to take it easy; this is one time when TV restrictions can be relaxed! They are likely to have some pain, too. Ice packs are very effective to decrease any swelling.
A blood clot will form at the extraction site. Sucking from a straw or even spitting can dislodge it. We will have specific, detailed instructions for you.
At Summer Kids Dental in Las Vegas, we perform extractions on primary and adult teeth, always on a case-by-case basis. We offer sedation dentistry to make it more manageable. Schedule a checkup for your child today.