Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction may be needed for many reasons. If a tooth cannot be repaired due to severe decayed or infection, it will need to be removed. Teeth may also need removal because they are positioned poorly in the mouth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb the area that surrounds the tooth. Once the tooth is numb, there may be a lot of pressure, but nothing should feel sharp. This pressure is from the process of firmly wiggling the tooth to loosen it.

After Care of Extraction

Immediately after a tooth extraction, it’s important to continue biting on a gauze pad for 20-30 minutes, this will help stop the bleeding. You will need to change the gauze when it becomes full, and may have to do this several times until the gauze is no longer pink. If the bleeding persists for longer than 30 minutes call our office immediately. 

It is important to resume a normal dental routine. You can continue to brush and floss your child’s teeth, but avoid directly brushing the area that is healing, for a couple days. This will speed up the healing process and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

It is recommended that children drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft foods on the day of the extraction. They can resume eating crunchy and hard foods as soon as they are comfortable.