You may be wondering why a baby tooth would need to be surgically removed. Since aren’t baby teeth supposed to come out on their own? Typically, baby teeth fall out naturally between ages 6 and 12 and are soon replaced by their adult counterparts. Although on occasion, a baby tooth needs to be extracted to promote proper oral development.
Common Reasons For Baby Tooth Extractions:
- Severe tooth decay
- Tooth damage from injury or trauma
- Baby teeth that do not fall out on time
- Orthodontic treatment
Accidents happen, and an impact on the face can result in cracked, loose, and even broken teeth. A filling, crown, or root canal treatment can save a damaged tooth most of the time. Although, if the damage is too severe, extracting the tooth may be the best option. Dentists may also recommend extraction for a severely decayed or infected tooth as well.
Over Retained Baby Teeth
Sometimes baby teeth start to loosen but then tighten back into the gums, preventing the adult tooth from erupting through the gums. Dentists refer to this condition as an over-retained baby tooth. An over-retained baby tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to crowd. Consequently, children typically require more complex orthodontic treatments in their teenage years if the baby tooth is not removed. Additionally, dental providers may also prescribe a tooth extraction to maintain space for orthodontic treatment.
A Simple Procedure
An extraction is a very safe, routine procedure and should not cause parental concern. Thanks to modern anesthetic, extractions are completely painless. The child’s dentist will apply a local anesthetic, gently remove the tooth, and then cover the extraction site with gauze. Then, they will provide the patient’s parents with post-operative instructions to ensure the area heals correctly and quickly. Treatment sites generally heal within a few days.
Aside from a few unique circumstances, extractions are only prescribed as a last resort. Our team will only suggest surgically removing a tooth after exhausting all other options. Baby teeth are supposed to retain space and provide function until the adult teeth are ready to erupt. When the baby tooth is removed before the adult counterpart is fully developed, the surrounding teeth may shift to attempt to fill the gap.
If your child has an aching tooth or has recently been in an accident that damaged one of their teeth, schedule a dentist appointment for them as soon as possible. Your child’s dentist can determine the best course of action to keep their smile healthy and developing correctly.