Why Would My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?
Are you looking for more information on tooth extraction for your child? Even though the removal of one or more teeth is something that both parents and children would rather avoid, sometimes it is inevitable. Anytime a child is experiencing an oral problem, the first thing a dental professional will do is let the parents know what the options are going to be to treat the problem. The dentist will consider all other options before deciding to remove the child's tooth, as tooth extraction is always the last treatment option as there is no going back.
About tooth extractions
Thinking your child may need a tooth extraction? The only way you can know for sure is by making an appointment with a dental professional for a full evaluation of their mouth. There are two different types of extractions a child may need to undergo, simple and surgical. A simple tooth extraction requires extracting a tooth that is already grown in and visibly present. A surgical tooth extraction requires the need to extract a tooth that is either partially or fully impacted. Anytime a child needs one or more of their teeth extracted, it is essential for parents to follow the dentist's instructions so that their child can expect a full and successful recovery.
Common reasons for tooth extractions in children
The following is a list of reasons why a dental professional will need to extract a child’s tooth vs. treating it.
Too much tooth decay is present
One of the more common reasons for extracting a child’s tooth from their mouth is because there is too much decay present. While it is possible to save a child’s tooth that is in decay, when there is too much decay the tooth is so weak that it is likely to break. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay remains one of the most common childhood diseases.
An accident that severely damages a tooth
When a child is involved in an accident, it is possible for them to injure their tooth so severely that a dentist must extract it from their mouth. Common childhood accidents that lead to tooth extractions include car accidents, sports injuries and falling when riding a bike.
To support necessary orthodontic treatment
When a child’s baby teeth do not fall out when they are supposed to or when dental crowding is becoming an issue, they will often need to have one or more teeth extracted to solve these occasional dental issues.
Do you need to make an appointment for your child now?
Do you need to know whether or not tooth extraction is a necessary dental procedure for your child? The only way you can know for sure is by making an evaluation appointment and the sooner, the better. The longer you wait to find out the status of your child’s teeth, the more difficult it will be to perform any necessary dental procedures. If you happen to have any questions for us right now, we invite you to contact us so we can provide you with the answers you need. We care about your child, as well as their overall good dental health.
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