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Extractions for kids in Saginaw, TX

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Basic Extractions

At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, we perform basic extractions, also known as simple extractions. These are nonsurgical extractions performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and are not impacted (haven’t fully erupted). Extractions are performed as a last resort in 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.

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Reasons for extractions

There are many reasons a child could need an extraction, including extensive tooth decay, to make room for orthodontic treatment, or a tooth that has been severely damaged due to injury. When a cavity is left untreated, the decay will only become more severe. 

This can lead to damage of the tooth’s pulp (soft inside layer) or infection. When an infection is left untreated, it can spread to the surrounding teeth. In the worst case, the infection can spread throughout the body and the bloodstream, and can even lead to sepsis.

Damaged or infected dental pulp can be treated with a root canal if the tooth is still relatively healthy. However, the issue is time-sensitive and if the decay is left too long, a root canal may no longer be an option due to infected gums, or decay that is too extensive.

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 orthodontics to straighten them. By removing a tooth, we can create enough space for the teeth to shift into proper alignment.

Finally, dental trauma could warrant an extraction if the tooth has been severely damaged, broken, or become too loose. When a tooth becomes injured, large cracks and chips can make the tooth vulnerable to infection and damage the tooth’s pulp.

The extraction process

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Anesthesia & Sedation - Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area. If additional sedation is desired, we offer dental sedation in the forms of nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia to treat dental anxiety and make your child feel relaxed during the procedure.

PREVENTIVE CARE

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Loosening the Tooth

Once your child has teeth, you should brush them twice a day using a smear of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Once your child is 3 years old or can spit upon request, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You will usually need to brush your child’s teeth until they’re about 6 or 7 years old. Then, they can start brushing on their own.

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Removing the Tooth

Then forceps are used to pull the tooth out of the socket. This is not painful or forceful since your nerves are numbed and the tooth will already be completely loose; the forceps are essentially only necessary to firmly grasp a hold of the tooth to assist with removal.

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Aftercare

Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina will then compress the socket back to its original size and manage any leftover bone tissue if necessary. The tooth’s socket will be cleaned and gauze will be placed at the extraction site to stop the bleeding and help form a blood clot. Your aftercare instructions will then be discussed, including how to manage pain, bleeding or swelling, and what you are allowed to eat.

Frenectomies

Frenectomies are used to treat tongue and lip ties. Tongue and lip ties restrict the movement of your child’s tongue and/or lips, and can interfere with your child’s feeding and development.

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Recognizing Tongue & Lip Ties

Parents may notice children having difficulties breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Tongue and lip ties may result in poor weight gain. It can be indicated by colic (crying) when feeding, or excessive drooling when feeding.

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Frenectomies

During a frenectomy, Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina will release the thick band of tissue restricting the lips or tongue using a gentle laser tool, freeing up the lips or tongue and restoring oral range of motion.

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Treatment Benefits

Treating tongue or lip ties with a frenectomy ensures your child can feed properly and gain weight. It also may help prevent speech difficulties in the future.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride

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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.

The Benefits Of A Dental Home

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.

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We provide expert pediatric care for kids of all ages, including infants.

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