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Extractions


Young boy sitting in dental chair and smilingAt Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we always try to save a tooth from extraction. Unfortunately, there are certain instances where an extraction may be necessary. Tooth extractions are also sometimes necessary for baby teeth that won't fall out, orthodontic treatment or because the wisdom teeth are impacted. As a pediatric office, we are uniquely qualified to perform important procedures like extractions. You can rest assured knowing we utilize advanced techniques to ensure your child receives safe, effective, and comfortable care. If your child needs an extraction, you have come to the right place.

Why Do Children Need Tooth Extractions?


We may recommend a tooth extraction for several reasons. The most common cause is severe tooth decay. Other reasons include:
•  Injury or Trauma: A blow to the face can chip, fracture, or break a tooth beyond repair.
•  Orthodontic Treatment: Some children have crowding issues or extra teeth that affect the alignment of their bite. Extracting a tooth creates space to move the teeth to their proper positions.
•  Over-Retained Primary Tooth: Some children have primary, or baby teeth, that do not fall out fast enough to accommodate their permanent teeth. An extraction can prevent eruption issues and ensure the permanent teeth emerge in the proper alignment.
•  Impacted Tooth: An impacted tooth occurs when a tooth fails to erupt. A tooth stuck below the gumline can result in significant pain or abscesses.
•  Wisdom Teeth: Also known as third molars, these teeth erupt much later than the rest. In many cases, there simply isn’t enough room to accommodate an extra set of molars. This can cause crowding issues or a malocclusion.

Extraction Procedure


There are two major types of extractions:
•  Simple Extraction: This type of extraction is performed on teeth that have already erupted above the gumline.
•  Surgical Extraction: This type of extraction is performed on a tooth that has broken off at the gumline or has yet to erupt.

During a simple extraction, Dr. Justin and Dr. Joni will use an instrument known as an “elevator” to loosen the tooth from its socket and connective ligaments. Once the tooth is loose enough, we will use a pair of forceps to remove it from the mouth.

If your child requires a surgical extraction, we will work with you to make a referral to a trusted oral surgery office.

After Your Child’s Extraction


Thanks to advancements in technology and technique, an extraction causes less pain or discomfort than ever before. A small amount of bleeding, swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal following the procedure. If your child complains of pain, you may want to give them an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

While post-operative complications are rare, they do occur. If you have any questions or concerns after your child's extraction, please contact Dr. Justin or Dr. Joni to figure out how to best proceed for your child's circumstances.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment


If your child has a problematic tooth, extraction may be necessary. Call 406-224-4272 to schedule your child’s appointment today!
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