Even though pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong uses her board-certified expertise to save and maintain children's teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be removed. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible over the gums. This is typically performed on a tooth that is severely decayed or damaged beyond repair. Whatever the reason for needing a tooth extraction, our caring team at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing your children with compassionate, quality care. Our Lawrenceville, GA practice offers multiple sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide and oral sedation, which can allow your child to stay calm and comfortable throughout their treatment. Get in touch with our friendly staff today for more information on our extraction procedures or to schedule an exam for your child with Dr. Jeni.
If your child requires the extraction of a baby tooth, Dr. Jeni may recommend a space maintainer to preserve the site until the underlying permanent tooth erupts. A space maintainer is a custom-made appliance that is temporarily bonded to your child's upper or lower teeth following an extraction to hold the surrounding teeth in place. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the teeth beside and opposing the open space tend to drift into the area. This may interfere with the eruption of the permanent tooth and cause the need for more extensive care. A space maintainer is made of smooth metal wires and fits over the extraction site to hold the space open until the adult tooth erupts. If your child requires tooth extraction, Dr. Jeni will determine if a space maintainer is needed and review the best way to preserve their oral health with the appliance in place.
If your child's tooth is decayed or damaged, Dr. Jeni will make every attempt to fix it using a crown, filling, or other restorative procedure. However, a tooth might be too damaged to salvage and may require removal to save your child's oral health. Your child may also require dental extractions to remove teeth that cannot grow into the mouth properly. In older kids, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally might require extraction to avoid obstructing permanent teeth. If your child is undergoing orthodontic care, the orthodontist might recommend tooth extractions to make space for the remaining teeth as they move into their proper place.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia, which is placed in the area near the tooth being removed. To be sure your child is completely comfortable and relaxed before beginning treatment or administering local anesthesia, our staff is trained to administer nitrous oxide in low doses so that your child is safe but does not experience pain. Dr. Jeni may also write a prescription for antibiotics if the reason for the tooth extraction included infection in the underlying bone.
Depending on whether sedation was used, your child may feel a little groggy for a few hours following the extraction visit. As the gums heal, your child will need to avoid using straws and spitting. Their recovery will vary, depending on the complexity of the extraction; however, many patients prefer to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Jeni will speak with you regarding what is normal as your child recovers and offer tips on how to care for their teeth and gums during the healing phase. Your child's gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure; therefore, Dr. Jeni may suggest over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. In addition to a follow-up visit, it is important that your child attend regular appointments at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry for exams and cleanings so Dr. Jeni can track their oral health following a tooth extraction.
A tooth extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your child's sedation option may not be completely covered. Before the extraction visit, we'll call your insurance company to determine your child's particular coverage amounts and estimate any personal expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, our team can speak with you about the numerous payment methods we accept and review the option of low-interest patient financing.
Whether your child has a damaged tooth or inadequate space for eruption, a tooth extraction from Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry may help improve their smile and oral health. Make a consultation with Dr. Jeni at our full-service Lawrenceville, GA pediatric dental practice to find out more about pediatric tooth extractions. If your child has dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation options to help them stay relaxed and calm throughout the process.