A dental extraction is the complete removal of a tooth, which includes both the crown and root(s). Dentists perform tooth extractions when a primary tooth is preventing a permanent tooth from erupting, in cases of extensive trauma or decay, if severe infection travels to the underlying bone, or if a tooth is impacted. Tooth extractions may also be needed to solve overcrowding or to make room for teeth to shift with future orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions are generally performed under anesthesia.
For children, having a tooth extraction can be frightening when they don’t know what to expect. Parents should prepare ahead by first understanding what is involved with a dental extraction, so they can help prepare kids for the experience. Consult with your child’s pediatric dentist at Golnick Pediatric Dentistry to discuss the treatment with you and your child to help put them at ease.
If your child’s tooth is visible and can be removed easily, a simple extraction will be performed. This involves using a local anesthetic to numb to the treatment area, and gently lifting out the tooth with forceps.
To better prepare your child, first discuss the procedure with your pediatric dentist in Taylor or West Bloomfield, MI beforehand; book a consultation today.
Dr. Jason M. Golnick received his DDS degree and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan. He is a C.S. Mott Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jason Golnick is an active staff member of Oakwood Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center / Childrens Hospital of Michigan,