Oral surgeons only recommend tooth extraction for children when necessary. Our goal is to preserve their natural teeth and keep them healthy and strong for as long as possible.
However, in certain situations, a child may need to have a tooth pulled. Below, the professional team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery explains the reasons an oral surgeon may consider tooth extraction to be the best course of action for your child.
Over-Retained Baby Teeth
Typically, when the permanent teeth are ready to erupt, the baby teeth loosen and fall out on their own. But sometimes, one remains stubbornly in place. If it delays the eruption of the permanent tooth for more than a year, the tooth is over-retained. As over-retained baby teeth can cause periodontal problems and dental misalignment, pulling them is often advised.
Badly Damaged Teeth
When a child falls and one of their teeth becomes chipped or loose, oral surgeons first consider whether a dental filling, crown or cap can be an effective solution. If the problem tooth has nerve damage, a root canal might be the way to restore its integrity and strength. But in cases where the damage is severe or extends below the gumline, tooth extraction may be necessary.
Extremely Decayed Teeth
For most children with tooth decay and cavities, we recommend dental fillings and fluoride treatments. Oral surgeons also apply protective sealants to help prevent more cavities from developing. If a child has a bad cavity or extensive decay in the front baby teeth, however, tooth extraction may be the right approach to preserving their oral health.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If the third molars are fully or partially trapped in the gums, they need to be surgically removed. Oral surgeons generally recommend extracting impacted wisdom teeth, as leaving them in place can result in damage to the jawbone, gum tissues, nerves and neighboring teeth.
Keeping baby teeth in place until they’re ready to fall out is usually best, as they act as placeholders for adult teeth and help maintain dental alignment. In children with overcrowded smiles, however, tooth extraction may be a necessary step in the orthodontic treatment plan.
Do you suspect your child may need tooth extraction? You’ll want a caring, compassionate oral surgeon who has experience treating children — and in the greater central Indiana area, parents turn to the professional team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
We’ve been helping patients of all ages for over a decade, and we’re the go-to oral surgeons for expert care and a positive treatment experience. Contact our Indianapolis, Indiana, office and schedule a consultation to discuss tooth extraction for your child today.