About Simple Tooth Extractions
Our board-certified pediatric dentists do everything possible to save teeth. However, there are some situations in which removing one or more teeth may be the best possible option for care. In such cases, our team of experts gently removes teeth from the jaw through simple tooth extraction procedures. A simple tooth extraction takes out a tooth that is erupted through the gums and visible in the mouth. Simple extractions may be recommended for baby teeth that are blocking permanent teeth or to remove severely decayed or damaged teeth, among additional treatment concerns. If your child requires a simple tooth extraction for any reason, rest assured our caring team will treat your family member with the utmost compassion and highest standard of care. At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, our expertly trained team offers sedation dentistry techniques to help your son or daughter remain comfortable, calm, and stress-free during their procedure. If you believe your child may need a tooth extraction, schedule a visit with the pediatric dental team trusted among Lancaster, PA patients and their families.
"Our 3 year old had a great experience at LPDA for his first dentist apt! Highly recommend Wendy as a dental hygienist! She did so well making sure our son felt comfortable and had fun! No tears or complaints from him so you know it went well. Great job LPDA team, especially Wendy!!"- A.B. / Google / Oct 07, 2020
"We had really good experience during our initial check up. Dental assistant Nancy was amazing, she was talking to my almost 4yr, really worked with him to participate and get as much done as possible. Definetly coming back."- O.H. / Google / Oct 01, 2020
"Dr. Ross is very professional, knowledgeable , kind and gentle. Despite my crying and scared daughter, he took the time needed to exam her teeth and discuss next steps with us."- A.M. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
"Love this place! Today was our very first dental visit & our first time at LPDA. The dentist and hygienist were kind and patient with my toddler. They were very respectful of any concerns I had mentioned. LPDA does a fantastic job in regards to covid-19 precautions. The front desk workers were also wonderful any time I’ve called and in person. A++ all around."- E.W. / Google / Sep 18, 2020
"Dr. Moriarty is incredible! My toddler was a little scared and nervous but Dr. Moriarty took extra time to talk with him and explain everything to him before doing it. She showed him each instrument, what they were for and what they did. She allowed him to touch and use them to ease his anxiety and the check up went incredibly well."- J.T. / Google / Sep 11, 2020
When Is an Extraction Needed?
Our dentists take every opportunity to save damaged teeth with a filling, pediatric crown, or other treatment options. But if your child has a severely damaged tooth or a tooth that is interfering with their health, a tooth extraction may be recommended to restore their dental wellness. We commonly perform simple tooth extractions to address a number of treatment concerns, including teeth that are irreparably broken or have advanced decay, abscessed teeth, or baby teeth with long roots that may be preventing the proper eruption of permanent teeth. For some patients, we may need to extract teeth to create additional space in the arch or to facilitate treatment with orthodontics. In certain instances, a space maintainer appliance may be recommended following the removal of a tooth.
The Dental Extraction Visit
Our pediatric dentists understand the unique needs of children and are pleased to offer board-certified expertise in treating your child's oral health needs. While we use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, our trained team can administer nitrous oxide gas or oral-conscious sedation to allow your child to experience a pleasant and comfortable visit. Your child's tooth extraction will be gently performed as quickly and efficiently as possible. If your son or daughter requires a tooth extraction due to an abscess or infection, our dentists may prescribe antibiotics to help bring health back to your child's smile.
Recovery After the Procedure
Recovery following a simple tooth extraction may vary, depending on the complexity of the procedure. If oral-conscious sedation was administered, your child may feel a bit drowsy for the first few hours following the visit. Our team will provide aftercare instructions for your child to follow as they heal. Your son or daughter should avoid spitting or using straws and may prefer to eat a diet of soft, room-temperature foods for the first few days. Cold compresses and over-the-counter medications may be used to alleviate any swelling or post-extraction discomfort. In some cases, we may recommend placing a space maintainer to preserve the area left by a tooth extraction until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. We will continue to monitor your child's healing and oral health during their routine visits to Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates.
Insurance Coverage for Care
Tooth extractions are often covered by dental insurance plans. However, sedation methods may not be a provided benefit. Prior to your child's tooth extraction procedure, our team will contact your insurer and estimate any uncovered portion or out-of-pocket cost. We will also help you maximize your coverage and file insurance claims as a courtesy. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates wants all children to get the care they need and will work with you to help your child's care fit within your budget. Talk to our friendly business team about options for low- or interest-free financing and other available payment solutions.
Experienced Pediatric Services
At times, tooth extractions are necessary to improve oral health and the future of the smile. Our team uses board-certified expertise to help you make the best possible decision for your child's dental wellness, even if that means extracting a retained baby tooth or a tooth that is severely decayed. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates is pleased to offer a gentle approach to extractions in a comfortable environment where kids can feel safe. For more information or to schedule a consultation, get in touch with our Lancaster, PA pediatric dental team today.