Unfortunately, there are many reasons why your child might need a tooth or multiple teeth extracted. To help you and your child know more about the appointment so you’re not as nervous or anxious, Dr. Carla LaLande and our team is happy to share some information with you.

When your child comes into Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics, your dentist might use general anesthesia depending on multiple factors, like your child’s age and health, the dentist’s recommendation, and the preference of the parent. However, a topical ointment is always used and will usually taste like bubble gum or a fruity flavor to make it more enjoyable for your child.

Once the mouth is numb, Dr. Carla LaLande will wedge an elevator tool between the tooth and surrounding bone. This expands the socket of the tooth to separate the ligaments from the tooth to make extraction possible. The dentist will then use forceps to push the tooth from side to side for more socket and ligament expansion until the tooth can be completely extracted.

After the treatment, your child will experience some bleeding, which is completely normal. It should only last about one day with the proper care. The dentist will place a gauze pad to the area to clot the blood. It’s important to keep your child’s mouth as clean as possible throughout the recovery process. They can clean their mouth with a rinse of warm saltwater.

If Dr. Carla LaLande has not prescribed a specific painkiller for your child, you can give them children’s Tylenol or ibuprofen to relieve your child’s pain as they heal. You can also reduce any swelling by icing the area.

To learn more about tooth extractions in Las Vegas, Nevada, you can always call Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics at 702-254-8858 and talk to a member of our dental team.