It can be scary to think about your little one going in for children’s dental surgery. However, knowing what to expect can help both you and your child breathe a little easier.
Keep in mind that it’s not unusual for children to experience trauma to their mouth, teeth, or jaw. A tooth can get knocked out during a simple game of tag, or an unerupted permanent tooth may just need a little help breaking through the gumline.
Below, we’ll cover some of the most common types of children’s dental surgery procedures and what kinds of issues they treat. With this guide, you’ll be prepared if your child ever needs one of these treatments:
- Tooth extraction: A child’s tooth may need to be pulled if there are issues with teeth crowding in their mouth, if their permanent teeth are coming in underneath their baby teeth, or if there’s severe tooth decay.
- Exposure of impacted or unerupted teeth: A tooth becomes impacted when it can’t break through the gumline, which can cause pain and potentially cause misaligned teeth. This procedure involves cutting through the gumline to expose the impacted tooth and give it room to move into place.
- Root canal: Sometimes, infections or abscesses in the mouth can develop around a tooth. A root canal is a basic surgical procedure that involves draining the abscess, sealing the tooth to prevent further damage, and sometimes providing antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
At Smile Cove Pediatric Dental, we work hard to ensure every one of our patients feels safe and comfortable with their pediatric dentist. Reach out to us with any questions you may have about children’s dental surgery or if you’d like to set up an appointment for your child!