A tooth extraction may be required for kids who have a severely infected or damaged baby or adult tooth. For example, if your child has one of their baby teeth broken by an accident like a slip and fall, or an adult tooth is severely infected due to an untreated cavity, tooth extraction may be the right choice. To learn more and see if an extraction is right for your child, contact Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Chun or Dr. Julia.
Kids will naturally lose all of their baby teeth by the age of 12, but losing a baby tooth prematurely can negatively affect their oral development, so it’s very important to keep your child’s baby teeth healthy.
First, your child’s mouth will be cleaned and numbed. We also offer pediatric dental sedation at in Cypress and Katy, so your child can stay calm and comfortable throughout their tooth extraction procedure.
Dr. Julia or Dr. Chun will use a special dental tool to wiggle your child’s tooth loose, and prepare it for extraction. Once the tooth is loose and ready to be extracted, they will grab it with a pair of dental forceps and remove it from the socket.
Your child’s extraction site will be cleaned, sanitized, and sutured to ensure it heals properly. If your child needs multiple extractions, the extraction process will be repeated at our pediatric office in Katy or Cypress.
Yes, but this depends on whether they lose a baby tooth or an adult tooth. If your child loses a baby tooth, they will need to come back to Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry in a few weeks to get a “space maintainer.”
As the name implies, a space maintainer is placed in the gap in your child’s smile where their missing tooth used to be. This prosthetic is necessary because the baby teeth help form the “paths” that your child’s adult teeth will follow when they erupt. If you don’t get a space maintainer, your child’s baby teeth may shift, which could interfere with proper oral development.
For kids who have adult teeth extracted, a replacement tooth will be necessary. Depending on your budget, your child’s age, and which tooth/teeth they have lost, Dr. Julia or Dr. Chun may recommend a dental implant, a dental bridge, or a partial denture. With restorative treatment from our Cypress and Katy dental offices, you can restore your child’s smile, bite, and oral health right away.
It will take about 1-2 weeks for your child to fully recover after their tooth extraction. Among other aftercare steps, you will need to feed your child a diet of mostly soft foods, ensure they do not brush near the extraction site for a few days, and make sure they don’t spit forcefully or use a straw for at least 24-48 hours after their extraction.
Dr. Julia or Dr. Chun will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions that your child will need to follow after their extraction. Follow these to the letter to make sure your little one’s mouth heals quickly after their treatment.
Pediatric dentists are not the same as “family dentists.” While family dentists treat patients of all ages, pediatric dentists are specially-trained and exclusively treat children, which usually includes patients up to the age of 18. Pediatric dentists must undergo at least 2-3 years of pediatric training after obtaining their dental degree (DMD or DDS).
Through this additional training, doctors learn how to interact with kids, provide care in a friendly, unintimidating way, and catch dental issues early. If you choose a pediatric dentist for your child, you can be sure that they are getting the best possible care tailored to them.
The most common issue, by far, is tooth decay (cavities). 42% of kids between the ages of 2-11 will develop at least one cavity in a baby tooth. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is less common, but can still affect kids if they are not practicing proper oral hygiene habits. Oral developmental problems with baby teeth and adult teeth can also be a concern, so it’s important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your child’s mouth is developing properly.
The best way to protect your child from cavities is proper at-home oral care. Make sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. You will likely need to floss for your child until they can do it properly on their own. In addition, make sure they maintain a diet low in sugary foods and beverages, and see their pediatric dentist for an appointment every six months.
Your child should get an ortho screening by the age of 7. Even if there are no obvious issues with their oral development, getting an orthodontic screening from a pediatric dentist or orthodontist can ensure that their mouths are developing properly. And, in the case that your dentist notices an issue, they can use interceptive orthodontics (phase 1 orthodontics) to resolve the issue, and potentially reduce the need for orthodontic treatment later in your child’s life.
A knocked out adult tooth can be saved!