Pediatric Tooth Extraction/Removal

November 12, 2023 3:16 pm

What’s Next for Tooth Infections? Wait, Root Canal, or Extraction? As a parent, one of the worst feelings is seeing your child in pain. Tooth infections and abscesses can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort to children of all ages. As a pediatric dentist, we often get asked what the best next step is when it comes to treating an infected tooth or tooth abscess. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming for parents to figure out what to do.
Fortunately, we’re here to help you identify an infected tooth and explain the different treatments available so that you can make an informed decision about your child’s dental health. From root canal treatments to pediatric tooth extractions, your child’s health is in good hands with our team and guidance.

Identifying a Tooth Infection or Abscess Tooth infections or abscesses occur when bacteria enter the pulp of the tooth beneath the enamel layer. They usually due to advanced tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury to the tooth. Symptoms include tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, fever, swollen gums, and swollen lymph nodes. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it’s important to schedule an emergency visit with their pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

Only Decide to Wait with a Dental Professional Especially for children with baby teeth, your first thought may be to simply wait and let it fall out naturally. However, it’s crucial to note that waiting for an infected tooth to fall out can have consequences. The infection can spread to nearby teeth, causing further damage and pain, and the abscess can rupture, leading to even more complications. Plus, it doesn’t directly address your child’s discomfort. It’s vital you meet with a pediatric dentist who can make the right recommendation for their overall health.

Overview of Root Canal Treatment A root canal is a dental treatment used to remove the infected pulp from the tooth. This treatment is typically recommended if the tooth is severely decayed or if the infection has spread to the tooth’s root. If the tooth hasn’t been compromised, a baby tooth root canal can save your child’s natural tooth and relieve them from dental pain and discomfort. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean the tooth, and then fill it with a special material. A crown is usually placed on top of the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Relieving Infection with Pediatric Tooth Removal A pediatric tooth extraction may be necessary in cases where the tooth is too damaged to be saved by root canal treatment or if the infection has spread. Our first priority will always be to preserve natural teeth, but there are several benefits to tooth removal for infected teeth. Firstly, it can alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by the infected tooth. Additionally, it can prevent the spread of infection to other teeth and even to other parts of the body. Lastly, by removing the damaged tooth, it can make room for healthy teeth to grow in its place.

We Bring the Joy Back to Your Child’s Smile It can be concerning when your child is experiencing tooth pain or an abscess. However, there are several options available to treat these issues, and by working together with our pediatric dentists, you can determine the best next step for your child’s dental health. Whether it’s waiting for the tooth to fall out, root canal treatment, or pediatric extraction, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further complications. For professional guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Our team of pediatric dentists are always here to help.

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