As parents, we always want what's best for our children, especially when it comes to their smiles. Unfortunately, there may be situations where dental extractions are necessary for the health of their mouth and overall well-being. At Westside Pediatric Dentistry in Cincinnati, Dr. Petr Vaughan and his team specialize in providing gentle and effective oral care for children, including dental extractions.
There are three common types of dental extractions that may be necessary for your child: emergency extractions, therapeutic tooth removal, and orthodontic extractions.
Emergency extractions are typically performed when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged beyond repair, causing pain or risking infection. In most cases, these teeth are non-restorable.
Therapeutic extractions are recommended when teeth are asymptomatic but are severely infected and beyond repair.
Orthodontic extractions, on the other hand, are often performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to create more space in the mouth and properly align the teeth. These types of extractions are less common, but some specialists still require them to correct a child’s bite alignment.
When it comes to extracting vs. preserving your child's teeth, it's important to weigh the pros and cons of both options. While preserving your child's natural teeth is usually the ideal solution, there are situations where dental extractions may be necessary for their overall oral health. Otherwise, Dr. Petr Vaughan will want to preserve the natural tooth to promote healthy tooth spacing and jaw growth. He will take an X-ray of the tooth to fully assess the situation and provide insight based on what we see.
At Westside Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a range of sedation options to help make the procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible for your child. Dental sedation is safe and effective for children of all ages and can help reduce their anxiety at future dental visits.
If you suspect that your child may need a dental extraction or have any questions about the procedure, don't hesitate to contact Westside Pediatric Dentistry in Cincinnati. Dr. Vaughan and his team are committed to providing gentle and effective dental care to children and will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your child's oral health.