Pediatric Dentistry: Tooth Extractions

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Pediatric Dentistry: Tooth Extractions

The main goal of our general dentistry practice is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them as healthy as possible. Pediatric dentistry is no different. However, even with children, sometimes the need arises for tooth extractions. Although most baby teeth (or “milk” teeth) are deciduous and will come out on their own, there are a few different reasons why a pediatric dentist will recommend an extraction.

Problematic Baby Teeth

Baby teeth that don’t grow into the proper position may inhibit the permanent teeth from coming in properly. While tooth extractions aren’t ideal, letting your pediatric dentist extract disruptive baby teeth could prevent the need for orthodontic treatment later on.

Trauma or Disease

In some cases, a pediatric dentist may recommend tooth extraction because of decay or disease. It’s also common for little ones or young people who play sports to have accidents that break, crack, or knock out teeth. Your pediatric dentist will do everything he can to save the tooth, but sometimes tooth extraction may be necessary.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is also part of pediatric dentistry and is often recommended for impacted wisdom teeth. Extracting them early can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, and even nerves and blood vessels. In addition, extracting a badly positioned wisdom tooth early will often be easier on your child because the roots are not yet fully formed.

What to Expect

Dr. Stuart Scott is our pediatric dentist here at Parkcrest Dental Group in Springfield, MO. His expertise in pediatric dentistry allows him to make the right call when it is necessary to extract a tooth. He will do everything he can to save your child’s teeth, but when one tooth could negatively affect the rest, he may make the judgment call to extract it. The Parkcrest staff works hard to provide a positive experience for your child, so Dr. Scott takes every step to make the process as easy as possible.

One thing you can do for your child is to make the conscious decision to never scare them about losing teeth or going to the dentist. Having an optimistic attitude about pediatric dentistry can keep your child from experiencing anxiety. Dr. Scott and the Parkcrest Dental Group staff will do their part to make the dentist’s office a positive environment, but your help in shaping perspective about it will benefit your child greatly.

If Your Pediatric Dentist Suggests an Extraction

The first step will be taking an x-ray to assess the position of the tooth roots and surrounding bone. This will allow him to anticipate any potential complications. He will also require a thorough medical and drug history to ensure that your child is healthy enough for the procedure.

Your pediatric dentist will also discuss sedation dentistry and anesthetic options with you. After the tooth is extracted, you will receive thorough instructions on how to take care of the extraction site and your child.

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Pediatric Dentistry at Parkcrest Dental Group in Springfield, MO

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Springfield, MO Dr. Scott at Parkcrest Dental Group will be an excellent introduction to pediatric dentistry for both you and your child. He will make the experience enjoyable and easy, while also teaching your little one about the importance of dental hygiene. Contact our office today to schedule your first appointment.

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