What is an extraction?
An extraction is when the pediatric dentist removes the tooth.
Why does my child need their tooth taken out if it will fall out on its own?
Sometimes due to pain, trauma, extensive decay or infection a tooth will need to be taken out before it is ready to fall out on it own. By looking at the x-ray the pediatric dentist will be able to determine if the tooth can be restored or if an extraction is the best treatment route.
Are extraction painful?
Every procedure is different. Due to short roots, most baby teeth come out fairly quickly and effortlessly. Some children experience very mild discomfort for one or two days. Over the counter pain medication (Tylenol or Motrin) is usually provides enough relief if they are uncomfortable. Children don’t get dry socket and the bleeding generally stops within 10-15 minutes with pressure.