IN KEENE, NH
We will visit every treatment option possible before suggesting the extraction of a tooth. However, there are times when even a root canal or filling won’t save the tooth and it needs to be removed. If a tooth extraction is needed, we want to make the treatment experience as calm and stress free as possible for both parent and patient.
HERE'S WHAT THE DOC SAYS...
After trying other treatments, it may be evident that a tooth extraction is the only remaining option. In a case like this, I strive to make it the most positive experience possible for your child. We always use the least invasive, least painful, and easiest extraction method possible, often requiring nothing more than a local anesthetic painted on the gumline.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
Depending on where the tooth is located and how much if the tooth is visible above the gumline will determine the type of tooth extraction Dr. Norris will recommend. In some cases, it is a very simple tooth extraction meaning the tooth is easily reached and there are no other concerns. In these cases, typically the child does not require anything more than a local anesthetic that is painted on the gumline. Sometimes, the tooth is a little more difficult to reach and we may need to use Nitrous Oxide to help your child stay calm and relaxed during the treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Helping both parent and child know exactly what to expect is so important for ensuring a positive experience. That’s why we will spend time going over exactly what to expect before the procedure so that we can eliminate as much fear as possible. Most often, Dr. Norris will use a tool that looks a lot like a pair of pliers, called forceps. This tool allows him to get a good grip on the tooth so it can be removed as easily and painlessly as possible.
Home care after a tooth extraction is very important. There may be some lingering soreness and/or swelling. Over the counter pain relievers can be used along with an ice pack for any inflammation. We want to protect that area for a time so a soft-food diet and no brushing or flossing for 24 to 48 hours will help make sure healing gets off to a great start. The body will form a blood clot where the tooth used to be. To make sure that blood clot stays in place, it is important to keep your child from spitting and no drinking through a straw for a few days after the tooth extraction. We will send you home with aftercare instructions to answer all your questions.