Baby Tooth Extraction in Brisbane
Paediatric dentists may consider extracting a baby tooth under several circumstances:
- Severe Decay: When a tooth is extensively decayed and cannot be repaired with a filling or crown.
- Infection or Abscess: If there’s an infection that could spread or has resulted in an abscess and when it cannot be resolved with antibiotics or a pulpotomy.
- Orthodontic Reasons: To correct overcrowding or if a baby tooth is preventing the proper eruption of a permanent tooth.
- Dental Trauma: If a tooth is severely damaged due to injury and beyond repair.
- Mobility Issues: A loose tooth that doesn’t fall out naturally may need removal to prevent issues with the permanent tooth.
- Ankylosed Teeth: These are teeth fused to the bone, which do not exfoliate naturally and can affect the eruption of permanent teeth.
Symptoms indicating the need for extraction can include pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, visible signs of decay, swelling and redness of the gums, or a noticeable abscess. However, symptoms are not always present, so regular dental check-ups are important for early detection and intervention. The extraction process is carefully performed under local anesthesia, and all efforts are made to ensure the child’s comfort and safety during the procedure.