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Gentle Dental Extractions in Laredo, TX

Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry offers comfortable and efficient tooth extractions for kids of all ages. Our experienced and compassionate dental team knows how to make advanced restorative procedures feel like a breeze for our young patients! To learn more about our dental extraction services or see if a gentle tooth extraction is what your child’s smile needs, please give our office a call or send us a message, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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Why would a patient need a dental extraction?

We want patients to keep their natural teeth whenever possible, but there are a few common reasons why dental extractions are recommended. If a tooth has been through excessive tooth decay or dental trauma and it can’t be restored using a filling or crown, we may recommend removing it. Sometimes stubborn baby teeth will block the adult tooth underneath from growing in properly, so we will extract it. Dental extractions can also be added to patients’ orthodontic treatment plans.

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Are tooth extractions for kids painful?

Dental extractions can be intimidating, especially for children. Fortunately, our gentle and empathetic team does everything in our power to make dental extraction procedures as quick and pleasant as possible. We always use a local anesthetic to completely numb the patient’s teeth and gums beforehand so that they will only feel a little pressure, if anything. We will also provide you with aftercare instructions to help your child avoid as much pain and discomfort as possible once their treatment is complete.

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When can my child return to school after a tooth extraction?

It depends on a few factors, like how many teeth are being extracted and how quickly we believe your child will recover. We always recommend taking patients straight home after having a tooth removed to rest and recover for the rest of the day. It’s also important that kids limit the amount of physical activity that they engage in, as too much exercise too soon can slow the healing process. Once your child returns to their normal routine, they still may want to eat soft foods for a while to reduce the amount of chewing that they have to do.

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