Extractions (or the removal of a tooth/teeth) are performed when a cavity is too large to restore, an infection is present or if space needs to be created (for braces or if there is crowding – not enough space for permanent teeth to erupt). If a primary/baby tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer may be recommended (pending on your child’s age and development and the tooth/teeth lost). Dr. Baker will review your child’s options with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.
Extraction(s) Post-Operative Instructions:
Extracting a tooth or teeth requires local anesthetic (numbing). Once home from the appointment, your child may require a dose of an over-the-counter pain medication, such as Motrin or Tylenol. Please follow the dosing instructions on the package, and contact the dentist if the pain does not resolve or worsens. It is also important to contact the dentist if swelling develops around the area the tooth or teeth were extracted.