Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry
Irene Zaki, DDS
General Dentist & Pediatric Dentist located in Riverside, CA
Tooth crowding, and severe tooth decay can be reasons for tooth extraction. If your child has an oral health problem requiring extraction, you can trust the skilled dental team at Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry in Riverside, California, with their care. Irene Zaki, DDS, and her staff have the experience and expertise needed to make your child’s oral surgery successful. Book an appointment with Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry by phone or online today.
Tooth Extraction Q&A
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is surgical removal of baby or permanent teeth. Your child might require extraction due to:
- Teeth crowding
- Severely decayed teeth
- Baby teeth that don’t fall out
- Tooth trauma
Dr. Zaki and her team only recommend extraction when necessary and always have your child’s best interest at heart.
Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry team also offers sedation dentistry during extractions, so your child feels comfortable and at ease.
Does my child require tooth extraction?
To find out if your child requires extraction, Dr. Zaki and her team review your child’s medical and dental history. They take digital X-rays and complete a comprehensive dental exam. If extraction can improve the appearance and function of your child’s smile or prevent pain and complications, Dr. Zaki might recommend it.
What should I expect during extraction?
When your child arrives at their appointment for extraction, they lie down on a comfortable, reclining dental chair. Dr. Zaki administers sedation to make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. They might breathe in nitrous oxide through a special mask or receive IV sedation.
Dr. Zaki numbs the area and uses specialized dental tools to remove your child’s teeth. She places sutures or gauze at the treatment site to optimize healing.
What happens during my child’s recovery?
Swelling and tenderness are common after tooth extraction. Follow Dr. Zaki’s instructions after oral surgery at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry. Help your child take medications as prescribed and apply ice to the area to reduce swelling. Replace gauze pads as needed to control bleeding.
Encourage your child to avoid:
- Drinking through a straw for the first day or two
- Rinsing their mouth vigorously
- Brushing the treatment area until it heals
They may have to follow a special soft foods diet for a short time. Call the Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry team if your child experiences increased bleeding, pain, signs of infection, or other unusual symptoms. Any follow-up appointments after tooth extractions are only on an as-needed basis.
Schedule your child’s next dental appointment with Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry over the phone or online today to find out if tooth extraction is right for them.