Extractions

NJ Kids Pediatric Group

Pediatric Dentistry located in Union, NJ

Your child’s teeth are tough and long-lasting, but in certain situations, extractions may be necessary. At NJ Kids Pediatric Group, family dentist Simar Nagyal, DMD, has years of experience performing extractions. Using special tools and sedation dentistry, the process is quick and virtually pain-free. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Union, New Jersey, call the office or book online today.

Extractions Q&A

What are extractions?

An extraction is an outpatient procedure that removes one (or more) of your child’s teeth. Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but they aren’t invincible. If your child experiences oral trauma or they develop a deep cavity, an extraction can prevent additional complications and preserve their oral health for years to come.

Why would my child need extractions?

There are various reasons children may need tooth extractions, including:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Crowding
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Severe decay
  • Infection

Your child might also need to undergo extractions if they’re preparing to undergo a complex form of medical treatment, like chemotherapy or an organ transplant.

What are the types of extractions?

NJ Kids Pediatric Group performs several types of extractions, including:

Simple extractions

Most extractions are simple extractions. If your child’s tooth is above the gum line, their NJ Kids Pediatric Group provider administers a local anesthetic, carefully loosens the tooth, and removes it. 

Surgical extractions

If your child’s tooth is impacted and unable to break through the gum line, their provider performs a surgical extraction. After the sedation sets in, your child’s provider makes a small incision over the tooth and separates it into several pieces. After removing the tooth, they close the incision and pack the area with gauze to encourage healing.

Are extractions painful?

Extractions are safe and usually well-tolerated. To reduce the risk of discomfort, NJ Kids Pediatric Group offers sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide helps your child relax, allowing for a quick, convenient, and pain-free procedure.

What is recovery like after extractions?

After tooth extractions, many children experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. Encourage your child to take their medication as prescribed and have them eat only soft foods, like scrambled eggs or soup for the first few days. 

To speed up the recovery process, NJ Kids Pediatric Group recommends:

  • Brushing and flossing gently
  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Avoiding extremely hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Attending each follow-up appointment

Your child’s mouth should feel back to normal within a week. If their symptoms persist or get worse, contact NJ Kids Pediatric Group right away.

If you suspect your child might need extractions, make an appointment at NJ Kids Pediatric Group by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.