Is your child suffering from a broken or damaged tooth that is unsightly or uncomfortable? At Enchanted Forest Pediatric Dentistry, we offer pain-free kids’ tooth removal in The Woodlands, TX. If your child has a tooth that has been broken or otherwise seriously damaged in a fall or an accident, it may need to be removed. Moving quickly to remove the affected tooth will prevent additional problems, and will also greatly reduce the chance of infection. The professionals on staff at our practice make every effort to alleviate any discomfort or pain that the patient may be feeling during and after the extraction process.
Efficient Children’s Tooth Removal
Children’s tooth removal can be performed for a single tooth or for several wisdom teeth. Our experienced staff administers a local anesthetic to numb the affected area and simplify the procedure. This means your child feels some pressure during the extraction, but no pain. We tell them to let us know if they feel any pain or pinching sensations. For the extraction of multiple teeth, a general anesthetic may be used.
The Woodlands Pain-Free Pediatric Tooth Removal
One of the most common conditions that requires pediatric tooth removal is impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are considered impacted when there is not enough room in the mouth for the teeth to emerge in a normal growth pattern.
The crowding caused by this condition can affect surrounding teeth, and can eventually alter the smile. The wisdom teeth may never break through the surface of the gums or may only partially break through. If they emerge partially, any gum tissue left partially covering the teeth can trap food, increasing the risk of infection. A successful extraction allows your child’s teeth the room they need to thrive.
To recover fully from a tooth extraction, keep your child’s head propped up with pillows and do not let them lie down flat. Don’t allow them to drink through a straw or rinse their mouth vigorously for at least 24 hours. For the few days of recovery, we encourage young patients to eat soft foods, such as pudding and yogurt.
Corrective Pulpectomy: An Alternative to Extraction
A pulpotomy, or pulpectomy, is the complete or partial removal of nerve tissue inside an affected tooth. This is typically done when the tissue has been compromised by bacteria from a deep cavity or as a complication from an injury. We place a soothing medication inside the tooth after the extraction before doing the final restoration.