Why would a child or teenager need an extraction?
As children begin to lose their baby teeth and grow their adult set, some baby teeth don’t become loose and fall out before the new tooth begins to grow. This can cause pain or discomfort as the new tooth pushes up against the baby tooth. In this situation, the baby tooth can be extracted, providing space for the new tooth to grow in and relieving any discomfort. Pediatric dental extraction is a relatively simple and quick procedure, where space is created around the tooth with a device called an “elevator,” and then is removed with forceps. This procedure only requires local anesthetic, so your child will walk out of the appointment with a numb mouth and a tooth for the Tooth Fairy!