Why Choose Woodland Pediatric Dentistry for Tooth Extractions?
- Sedation Available for Patient Comfort
- Prompt Care for Emergency Cases
- Empathetic Dentist and Team
In an ideal world, your child’s primary teeth (also called baby teeth) would come out at exactly the right time, and their adult teeth would stay with them throughout their lifetime. However, the sad reality is that circumstances can arise that necessitate tooth extractions for kids in Marietta. If you believe that your young one needs to have one or more teeth removed, get in touch with us. We will assess the situation and do all we can to get your child’s oral health back on track.
There are a number of reasons why we might determine that one or more of your child’s teeth must be removed:
In most cases, the process of removing a tooth is straightforward. It usually goes like this:
Depending on your child’s circumstances, we might place a space holder after their extraction so their remaining natural teeth do not drift out of place. Or, in cases where we remove a permanent tooth, we may have to talk about future tooth replacement options.
Here are some steps your child should take after their procedure in order to facilitate an easy and complication-free recovery:
Give us a call if your child experiences severe pain or any other unusual symptoms after their extraction; we are always ready to help!
No one wants a tooth extraction. Your child’s dentist will only ever recommend one if deemed absolutely necessary. One concern you may have about your child’s tooth extraction is the cost. We won’t know exactly how much the cost of their treatment will be until we see your child in person. At that time, we will go over financial information in detail so that you don’t encounter any surprises. In the meantime, here are some things to take into consideration.
It is very difficult to determine the cost of your child’s extraction until our team has had the chance to examine your child’s smile. Here are the main factors that will contribute to the cost of their treatment:
In the majority of cases, an extraction is considered to be a major procedure, so approximately 50% is covered after the deductible has been met. However, there could be limits in place or a waiting period before coverage kicks in, and every plan is different, so it is best to confirm this with your insurance company first. We would also be happy to help you with this process. At Woodland Pediatric Dentistry, we are in-network with several dental PPO plans. As a service to our patients, we will submit dental insurance claims on your behalf.
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you will be left completely on your own. We have an in-house dental plan to help you save on treatments completed at our practice. We also accept payments through CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little-to-no interest. For more information about your financial options, don’t hesitate to give us a call .
No matter the procedure, many of our patients are worried that it will be painful. Fortunately, whether your child is having one tooth extracted or multiple, the first step is always to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Sedation options are also available for our more anxious patients. Your child will likely feel some soreness for a few days after the procedure, but this can be managed by recommended over-the-counter and/or prescribed pain relievers. Be sure to closely follow Dr. Vahid’s aftercare instructions so that your child can heal as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Preparing for a tooth extraction is just as important as following the aftercare instructions. Before your child’s procedure, be sure to ask any questions you have, including what to bring and what your child should eat the morning of. If Dr. Vahid has any specific instructions, like having your child only consume water the morning of or for you to pick up a prescription, plan for this accordingly.
The recovery period will vary from child to child. They should stick to soft, high-nutrient foods for a few days after their procedure and avoid crunchy foods for about a week so the extraction site is not aggravated. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated after the procedure to promote healing – just don’t use a straw! Your child should regularly swish their mouth with warm salt water starting 24 hours after the extraction. Administer any medications as directed. Most children recover from extractions within a few days. Your child should feel pretty much back to normal after about a week.
Some inflammation is normal after a tooth extraction. It’s all part of the healing process and should subside after a few days. To reduce inflammation after the procedure, apply a cold compress to your child’s face where the extraction site is located. Give your child their prescribed medications as directed by their dentist.