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What are the reasons for pulling baby (primary) teeth?

Sometimes your pediatric dentist or orthodontist will recommend that a child has a tooth pulled to prepare the mouth for orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Another reason to extract a tooth is if an adult tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is not enough room due to a baby tooth that has stayed in too long.

What are the reasons for pulling adult (permanent) teeth?

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.

What can I expect at an extraction appointment?

Before pulling a tooth, your dentist will make sure that the area around the tooth is numb using a local anesthetic. Your child will be able to relax in our kid friendly environment, and because we are specialists at treating kids and teens, we can use nitrous to help them relax if they show any signs of being anxious.

If you have any questions or concerns about the tooth extractions we perform at any of our pediatric dental offices please do not hesitate to call us.