At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, our board certified pediatric dentists perform gentle and safe extractions. Extractions are performed as a last resort at our dental office and we will take every step possible to avoid the premature loss of a tooth.
However, once teeth have reached a certain point of decay or if special circumstances warrant the removal of a tooth, we can perform a safe and comfortable extraction for your child with our highly trained dental team. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina for an extraction, contact us at Saginaw Kids Dentistry today.
There are many reasons a child may need an extraction, including extensive tooth decay or an infected tooth, severe crowding, orthodontic extractions (to make room for braces or other treatment), or if a tooth has been severely damaged due to injury.
When a cavity is left untreated, the decay will only become more severe and may lead to pain and/or infection. When an infection is left untreated, it can spread to the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. In one of the worst cases, the infection can spread throughout the body and bloodstream, which can lead to facial swelling and even sepsis.
Damaged dental pulp can be treated with either a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy (root canal) if the tooth is still relatively healthy. However, the issue is time-sensitive. If the decay is left too long, a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy may no longer be feasible and an extraction may be the only option.
Extractions may also need to be performed if your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct their tooth alignment. Children that have overcrowded teeth don’t have enough room for braces to straighten them. By extracting a tooth, Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias can create enough space for the teeth to shift into proper alignment.
Additionally, dental trauma could warrant an extraction if the tooth has been severely damaged, broken, or has become too loose. When a tooth becomes injured, large cracks and chips can make the tooth vulnerable to infection and damage the tooth’s nerve.
Local Anesthesia - Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias will first place "numbing jelly" before administering local anesthesia. This is so your child will not feel anything during local anesthesia. Then, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area. If sedation is desired, we offer dental sedation in the forms of nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia. Each type of sedation depends on your child's level of anxiety. Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias will discuss all of this with you prior to your child's visit to help make you and your child feel at ease.
Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias use the safest and most gentle instruments to help your child feel at ease. An elevator will be used to gently loosen the tooth.
After the tooth has been gently loosened, forceps will then be used to extract the tooth. Your child will not feel any of this since the tooth has already been numbed and loosened.
After the extraction, the site will be gently cleaned and gauze will be placed at the extraction site to help control any bleeding and to help form a blood clot. Aftercare instructions will be discussed with you in detail, including what your child can eat and how to manage any discomfort or bleeding.
SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) is a non-invasive treatment used as an alternative to fillings. In this treatment, a mixture of silver, ammonia, fluoride, and water is applied to a decayed tooth. SDF hardens the tooth and kills the decay. This stains the tooth, but protects it from further damage. This is ideal for baby teeth, since they will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth in the future.
Making Saginaw Kids Dentistry your child’s dental home ensures they will become more familiar with the dental process, develop a healthy attitude toward dentistry, and create life-long relationships with our team. We’ll also be able to keep a close eye on their oral health and development, which ensures their smile stays strong as they grow.
Rest assured, Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias are experts in pediatric tooth extractions. We make sure we take care of your child's problematic tooth in the most safe and gentle manner.
If a tooth has been severely damaged due to an injury, it may require extraction. Kids are prone to slips and falls and while our hope is that we can help your child keep all their baby teeth till they fall out on their own, sometimes we need to intervene.
Sometimes, an extraction of a baby tooth or adult tooth may be necessary in order to make room for braces or other orthodontic treatments. This is especially true for crowded teeth.
Severe decay or tooth infection is dangerous to the child’s health and very painful. Extraction can stop the decay and infection from spreading to neighboring teeth.
We provide expert pediatric care for kids of all ages, including infants.