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When Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction, or the surgical removal of a tooth and its root(s), is one of the most common pediatric dentistry procedures. Children may need a tooth extraction for various reasons, any of which can be assessed and discussed with Dr. John Han, Dr. Fernanda Fontes, and Dr. Celeste Mensah of Pediatric Dental Care in Fairfax, Springfield, and Chantilly, VA. If you believe that your child has any of the following conditions or symptoms, consider calling to discuss kids tooth extractions today.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, is one of the most common oral conditions affecting children because they often skip or miss teeth while brushing. Not only that, but the enamel on baby teeth is also more fragile, making it easier for cavities to form. If cavities are left untreated, it can lead to increased tooth decay and the possible need for your child to have a tooth extraction as a result.

Injury

Children are also prone to injury, whether through sport, play, or accident, which can sometimes affect their teeth and gums. If your child's teeth become damaged due to a fall or other injury, they may need to be assessed by the Pediatric Dental Care team in Fairfax, Springfield, and Chantilly, VA, right away to help prevent further damage, pain, or infection. Occasionally, if the tooth is damaged enough, it may need to be removed through extraction.

Impacted Teeth

When children's teeth are growing in, occasionally, a third set of molars may grow under the gums, causing a condition known as impacted wisdom teeth. This can cause pain and discomfort in the short term, in addition to future problems with teeth and jaw alignment. For this reason, your dentist may recommend your child have these teeth extracted.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, can affect children and, if left untreated, may develop into pediatric periodontal disease (PD). PD can sometimes result in loose teeth, which may require tooth extraction.

We Can Help!

If you are concerned about your child's oral health and believe they may need a tooth extraction as a result of pain, discomfort, or any of the above conditions, please give us a call at 703-383-3434, 703-992-7100, or 703-957-3190. Dr. Han, Dr. Fontes, and Dr. Mensah of Pediatric Dental Care in Fairfax, Springfield, and Chantilly, VA, would be happy to answer all your questions about tooth extractions so book your next dental appointment today!

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