Tooth extraction, also known as Dental Extraction, is one of the common pediatric dentistry procedures for children that includes the removal of a primary tooth from the socket in the alveolar bone.
At most times, children lose their milk teeth naturally which helps the permanent teeth to come out their own. However, in some cases, external help is required to take out primary teeth since it’s not happening naturally or when they are badly decayed or are damaged due to external factors. In such cases, tooth extraction becomes necessary.
At Pandit Clinic, we do not suggest tooth extraction until and unless it is the only solution to the dental problems your child is facing. Tooth extraction is something even adults dread. So, it is only natural for children to be scared of it. Dr. Pratibha Kukreja-Pandit of Pandit Clinic understands children’s psychology and the fear they may feel when a tooth is going to be extracted. She makes them comfortable and keeps their anxiety at bay with her positive and child-friendly nature.
What are The Causes of Tooth Extraction for Children?
Dr. Pratibha Kukreja-Pandit, Pediatric dentist at Pandit Clinic, has listed down why and when children need a tooth extraction:
Untreatable Tooth Decay: Baby teeth or primary teeth are more prone to decay as children do not regularly follow dental health practices. Also, enamel on baby teeth or primary teeth is thinner; hence, more prone to cavities and decay. Tooth extraction becomes necessary only when the teeth are badly decayed to the point where they cannot be restored. After the tooth/teeth are extracted, they are replaced with a space maintainer until the adult tooth grows in that space.
Trauma to teeth: Primary teeth can get chipped, cracked, damaged, or completely detached from the socket due to the injury or trauma from an accident or fall. Other treatments may help in such cases to restore the teeth but depending upon the severity of the damage and if they are beyond repair, extraction is recommended.
Over-Retained Baby Tooth: Sometimes primary teeth do not fall out naturally and remain in their places for far too long. In such cases, permanent teeth can start crowding due to lack of space. This may lead to misaligned teeth, a need for braces, or other orthodontic treatments. Therefore, to avoid these problems and further complications, kids dentists recommend a tooth extraction.
For Orthodontic (Braces) Treatment: In some cases, extraction of a tooth helps to reduce crowding and helps your dentist/ orthodontist to carry out necessary treatments or procedures like straightening neighboring teeth or aligning misaligned teeth.
How To Prepare Your Child For Tooth Extraction?
How Tooth Extraction Is Performed?
At Pandit Clinic, tooth extractions are not painful for the kids. They may experience slight discomfort after the procedure, but it will fade away soon. We recommend a diet of soft, cold, and non-spicy food for 2-3 days once the extraction is done. Dr. Pratibha will provide specific tips and suggestions post-procedure for a safe and speedy recovery. Make sure to follow the same.
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Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry Specialist
Dr. Pratibha is the Chief Dentist at Pandit Clinic. She is also a Consultant Pediatric Dentist at Kotbagi Hospital and KEM Hospital, Pune.
Dr. Pratibha has trained at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, in advanced areas including Pediatric dental treatment under General Anesthesia and Intravenous sedation, Dental Rehabilitation of children with special health care needs, and Nasoalveolar molding and dental rehabilitation of cleft lip and cleft palate.
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