It can be exciting to be a kid. Running, jumping, playing, and generally having a great time! It’s easy to forget to take care of your teeth when you are tuckered out from a long day of playing hard. Plus, sugar is in high demand. Between tooth care taking a back seat to fun and the possibility of falling down and chipping a tooth the potential for needing a tooth extraction can be high.
Why are teeth extracted?Many times when a tooth has been damaged by decay to a certain point, or if a tooth has suffered an unrepairable chip or break, it will need to be extracted. Other potential issues that may lead to your child needing a tooth to be extracted are:
We have the ability to perform most extractions right here in our North Bend office. If an extraction requires additional care that we are unable to provide we will gladly refer you to our trusted oral surgeons.
What to Do In Case of TraumaKids lead a pretty active lifestyle. A game of tag can be a lot of fun, but sometimes someone will fall down or run into something and crack or chip a tooth. We believe in educating our patients on what to do in case of an emergency. If you or your child chips a tooth, there are a few things that you can do to help the chances of it being fixable and not needing an extraction.
Post Extraction InstructionsAfter having a tooth extracted it is normal to experience some discomfort. We will pack the extraction site with gauze to protect the it and help mitigate any bleeding that might take place. Bleeding should stop 8-12 hours after extraction. Please call us if significant bleeding occurs after this period.
Mild analgesics are fine to help with any pain that occurs as a result of the extraction. Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve should be taken according to the instructions for children.
Rinsing after meals with a salt water solution is a great way to ensure that the site stays clean and free of debris.
Depending on whether the tooth is a baby tooth or an adult tooth we will discuss replacement options. If it is a baby tooth and the adult tooth is due to come in in a year or two it will probably be easier to await the adult tooth. We can recommend any treatments that will ensure proper oral health until that time. If the tooth is an adult tooth it would be wise to consider permanent replacement options such as bridges or dental implants.
If you have any questions for us relating to dental extractions, or if you have a dental emergency please give us a call at (541) 756-0156 and we will be more than happy to help!