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Tooth Extraction for Children in Denver

Sometimes taking out an infected tooth is the best thing for a child. Our clinic is well equipped to perform this delicate procedure in a supportive environment with minimal discomfort.
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“Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?”

A tooth with a lot of pain, infection or that is very broken down may require a tooth extraction. In these specific situations most kids feel much better 1-2 days after the extraction than they felt when the infected tooth was still in their gums.

In any case, rest assured that we reserve dental extraction as a last-resort solution when the tooth cannot be saved using a filling or a crown.

If our doctor does decide that dental extraction is necessary, there is no cause for alarm. With the help of local anesthetics, laughing gas, and specialized instruments for small pediatric mouths, tooth removal is a quick and relatively painless procedure.

How Children’s Tooth Extraction Works

Tooth extraction is a straightforward, routine dental procedure that is typically completed in a single visit.

Our pediatric dental specialists will gently guide your child through every step of the process, asking and answering questions, and explaining exactly what they’re doing. This helps to ease your child’s anxieties while making sure that they feel comforted and supported.

So that you know what to expect, we’ve listed each step of the extraction procedure below:

Numbing the Tooth

The first thing the doctor will do is apply a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue around the affected tooth. This deadens the tooth, ensuring that your child feels very little discomfort during the removal.

Removing the Tooth

Using a special surgical tool, the doctor will begin gently loosening the tooth. If the tooth is badly decayed or broken below the gumline, the doctor may have to make a small incision in the gum tissue to fully remove the tooth. Because the tissue has been numbed, any incision will cause little to no discomfort.

Cleaning and Aftercare

Once the tooth has been removed, the doctor will clean the empty socket to help prevent future infection.

Cost of a Children’s Dental Extraction in Denver

With a typical insurance plan, a tooth removal usually costs about $50 – $100+  out of pocket. Without insurance, expect to pay approximately $200+ per tooth.

Keep in mind, that no dental practice can give you an accurate quote over the phone. Each child’s teeth are unique, and a treatment plan must be tailored to their specific needs. We can only give you an accurate quote once you bring your child to our Denver dental office for an oral exam.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people believe wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. In reality, wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they become impacted or otherwise interfere with your jaw and teeth.
Thanks to modern dental techniques and equipment, tooth extractions are virtually painless. Many patients are surprised by how quick and easy the procedure actually is! Of course, some discomfort is to be expected, but we will provide you with aftercare instructions to help keep you as comfortable as possible during the quick healing process.
About an hour after your procedure, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours. Be sure to avoid hot foods and drinking from straws for several hours.
We will provide you with aftercare instructions specific to your needs at your appointment. Here are some general things you can do after a tooth extraction or dental surgery more generally to minimize the risk of complications and encourage a speedy recovery:
  • Avoid spitting, mouth rinsing, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking in the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
  • Don’t touch the extraction site with your finger or tongue.
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks.
  • Don’t take aspirin because it inhibits blood clotting.
  • Avoid physical activities and exercise.
For simple tooth removal, the recovery time is usually around 7 to 10 days. However, for more complex cases, such as surgical tooth extraction, or wisdom tooth removal, expect a recovery period of around 2 weeks. No matter the complexity of the procedure, you should feel very little discomfort during recovery.
Barring any unforeseen complications, expect a typical tooth extraction to take around 45 minutes or less.

Marie T.

Dr.Leslie was absolutely the best dentist experience we could have had. She went above and beyond to make my son and me comfortable. I’ve had my children at other pediatric dentists before but I haven’t ever had a dentist take so much time in explaining recommendations and treatment and just be such a genuinely nice person. She really knows how to make kids feel comfortable. She also followed up just to make sure my son was ok after. Even her staff was just as nice as she was!

Samantha Alarcon

Dr. Murray and her staff were all so kind and engaging to my two-year-old during her routine exam. They let her get to know her surroundings and touch the dental instruments before having her teeth brushed, and Dr. Murray was very informative about methods to keep her teeth healthy. It was our first time visiting, but definitely the best dental visit I've had with my toddler!

Stan Volman

I took my two-year-old daughter for her first-time visit to a dentist. The facility looked amazing and very kid-friendly. The staff is so professional dealing with children, I was very impressed. Dr. Leslie took her time to convince my daughter that everything would be just great. I am completely satisfied with our new kid dentist. Thank you very much. See you in six months.

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