Most baby teeth come out automatically without dental intervention. However, in some cases, you may need a little help to remove a stubborn baby tooth. Extractions are often necessary when the baby teeth are decayed or damaged or when they get in the way of the newly-erupting permanent teeth. When that happens, leaving the baby teeth in place can affect the overall oral health or cause misalignment issues.
When are teeth extractions necessary for children?
- When the tooth is severely damaged because of injuries or trauma.
- When the tooth is severely decayed because of bacteria.
- When the baby tooth blocks the permanent tooth from coming out comfortably, leading to misalignment problems and overcrowding.
- When a tooth leads to overcrowding in the mouth, necessitating an extraction to restore optimal alignment.
What should we do after the extraction?
- Don’t be scared of a little bleeding after the extraction — it’s perfectly normal.
- Avoid rinsing the mouth for 24 hours to protect the blood clot in the gums.
- After the first 24 hours, help the child rinse their mouth with salt water to keep the area clean.
- Apply an ice pack on the child’s cheeks to reduce swelling.
- The pediatric dentist may recommend some children’s pain medications, such as ibuprofen, to reduce discomfort.
- Call the pediatric dentist if you notice an increase in temperature or excessive swelling.
- Make the child eat soft foods for a week, avoiding hard or crunchy foods.
- Ensure your child drinks plenty of water.