Downey Park Family Dentistry is excited to announce that our offices are reopen to serve our community. We are taking additional special measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team, and appreciate your understanding that things will look and function a bit differently in our office for the time being.
Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove a tooth. Your child's tooth should only be extracted if it's fractured beyond repair due to decay or an injury. At our Modesto children's dental practice, we care about your family's oral hygiene and can help extract your kid's troubling teeth to restore their adorable smile. Ready to get started? Schedule your appointment today!
Did you know: About 42% of children aged 11 and below suffer from dental decay in their primary teeth?
Primary teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay, which often leads to extractions. This is because children's tooth enamel is incredibly fragile.
If a child's teeth remain fixed for a long time, they can crowd adult teeth. Extracting crowded teeth allows for teeth repositioning.
Gingivitis often results in swelling, redness, and bleeding of the gum tissue. If overlooked, gingivitis can cause pediatric periodontal disease (PD), which affects the jawbone and gums. Severe cases of PD can lead to extractions.
Tooth damage resulting from accidents, faulty dental restorations, or falls can contribute to tooth extractions. Our professionals at First Smiles Children's Dentistry will examine your child to check for cracks, chips, and other damages and perform an extraction where possible.
If your little one is getting an orthodontic treatment like braces, extraction can help the success of the procedure.
Sedation options keep restless children calm while receiving dental treatment.
Sedation is most often used to treat dental anxiety and keep children at ease during their treatment. Fear of the dentist is very common, and sedation can keep your child calm during their appointments.
Additionally, sedation helps with pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions. It also helps young patients feel more comfortable if they need to sit still for longer treatment times.
As long as your child is healthy and is not taking any medications that may interfere with the sedation, your child should be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact us to learn more about sedation options for your child. We can discuss any concerns you may have during a consultation.
This depends on the method of sedation. With laughing gas, your child will feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but will be fully conscious and aware of their surroundings. They will also feel less discomfort during treatment.
Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will usually make patients feel groggy or sleepy. Your child will likely fall asleep, and probably won’t remember much about the procedure. However, they will not be unconscious, and can still be woken and respond to commands.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. Your child will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from the procedure.
When done correctly, sedation dentistry for children, even toddlers, is completely safe. Several precautions are taken to ensure a seamless experience. First, we’ll take a detailed health history to make sure we recommend the right sedation option. We’ll then discuss options with the parent or guardian so that you understand the effects and are prepared to care for your child after their procedure. All methods of sedation dentistry are provided by professional and skilled team members, so you rest assured that your child's well-being is of the utmost importance.
All the 20 baby teeth will fall out before your child becomes an adult.