There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. Permanent teeth may also come into the mouth in a non-ideal location which prevents the baby tooth from falling out on its own. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of infection, or it may have abcessed and is non-restorable.
Dependent on which tooth may be extracted, your child may require a space maintainer to preserve space for the developing permanent tooth. Dr. Clark or Dr. Wong will discuss your child’s treatment plan with you.
Permanent teeth may also need to be extracted to create enough room in a child's mouth for all of their other teeth. These permanent tooth extractions are performed at Pearland Pediatric Dentistry if an orthodontist has requested they be removed as part of their recommended treatment plan.
During any tooth extraction, our team ensures that the patient is coached through the procedure and remains as comfortable as possible the entire time, although some pressure may be felt. Parents are presented options for their child's treatment including the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, or deep IV sedation.