What is tooth extraction?
Removal of a tooth from its place in the oral cavity by a dental professional
What happens if children have too many cavities? Does it lead to any health issues?
Presence of ECC can affect your child’s health in various ways. The child can have problems like difficulty to eat hard chewable food items, sensitivity to sweets, cold and hot foods. Usually in severe cases, the child will resist brushing due to severe sensitivity. Child can even cry due to extreme sensitivity caused by any thermal (Cold drinks, food and air) and physical (Brushing, chewing foods) changes. If left untreated, child can develop pain, gum boils, pus formation, cheek swelling, fever and frequent episodes of cold and cough. Child can also have interrupted sleep due to frequent sensitivity and pain. Many affected children may develop low self esteem due to damaged front tooth. The child may tend to hide their front teeth while smiling or laughing. Thus, ECC can cause “poor quality” of life in affected children
Why do children need tooth extraction?
What does tooth extraction in children involve?
Your pediatric dentist might explain the need for suggesting extraction.The procedure usually is preceded by an x-ray to know the status of the milk tooth and the underlying permanent tooth.The tooth extraction is done under local anaesthesia.In children,we use the TeDiE technique for administering the local anaesthesia(numbing medicine) for a painless tooth removal procedure. Te-Tell(We explain the entire procedure in child friendly terms) Di-Distractions(We distract the child from focusing on the prick of the needle through constant communication and praising her behaviour) E-euphemisms(We use child friendly words throughout the entire procedure so the child can relate to the procedure in a pleasant manner)
Follow-Up Care For Tooth Extraction In Children
Your pediatric dentist will ask you to:
1) Keep the child under your direct supervision and make sure he doesn’t bite the anaesthetised portion of cheeks and lips
2) Bite the cotton/sterile gauze for a minimum of 30 minutes after extraction
3) Not spit or rinse or gargle for the day as it may dislodge the clot and cause bleeding
4) Take soft and semisolid food for the day of tooth removal to facilitate healing
5) Avoid hot and spicy food as it may cause discomfort for the day of tooth removal.