There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth if it is badly decayed, fractured, infected, unrestorable, impacted, or preventing proper eruption or alignment of permanent teeth.
We try to use this as a last resort treatment in most cases.
If a primary molar is removed prematurely, the placement of a space maintainer is usually recommended to preserve space for the permanent replacement.
The day after your child’s extraction:
- No drinking with straws
- No vigorous rinsing and spitting
- A soft diet is recommended; no eating of popcorn, pretzels, pizza, crackers, or any food with sharp edges
- If your child has any discomfort, give a children’s dose of Advil® or Tylenol®
- If your child experiences swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office