The removal of single teeth may be necessary to maintain the health of your child’s remaining teeth, permanent teeth and mouth. After evaluating all options, extraction may be the best or only choice. Teeth are most commonly extracted due to:
- Interference with the growth of a permanent tooth
- Problems with long or misshapen roots
- Severe trauma or decay
After determining that an extraction is necessary, we will discuss the treatment with you. In some cases, we may recommend replacing the extracted tooth with a space maintainer to keep the surrounding teeth from shifting. Early shifting of teeth can create problems with chewing and dental health. Most tooth extractions are very routine procedures. Our office will make sure your child is comfortable, using local anesthesia to completely numb the area. The mouth should heal and return to normal in just a few days.