There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes, a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. Other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

If it is determined that your child's tooth needs to be removed, your pediatric dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within the jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and the tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, the dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your dentist any concerns or preferences for sedation; we want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible.

The day after your child’s extraction:

  • No drinking with straws
  • No vigorous rinsing and spitting
  • A soft diet is recommended; no eating of popcorn, pretzels, pizza, crackers, or any food with sharp edges
  • If your child has any discomfort, give a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®
  • If your child experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office

“I just took my 4-year-old son here for the first time yesterday. The staff were so friendly and he was made to feel very comfortable! He went back with no fear and we were able to go see how he was doing mid check-up. He was so excited to get his goody bag after his cleaning and he left that office with a very positive view of the dentist! Beyond happy with our experience!”

~ Kara T.

“We have taken both of our children to Dr. Yavari. The staff has always been very kind, attentive, and courteous. My children enjoy their visits and their teeth look fantastic. An outstanding experience every time we go through the door!”

~ B. Flynn

“Best orthodontist I’ve ever been to in my life! Feels like home when I’m there. I love my teeth! Never thought they would look this great! ”

~ D’Amber A.

“The staff is always so kind and attentive. The ladies at the front desk are absolutely outstanding!”

~ Ben H.
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