“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.
Contact us today
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
- 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.