Milk Tooth Removal

A child’s tooth goes through multiple stages before  exfoliation. They have roots which gradually resorb, after which the tooth begin to loosen and exfoliate. Eruption and shedding is a constant process of change and growth.

Deciduous teeth , informally known as primary tooth or milk tooth , starts to erupt  by 6 months after birth. Eventually, they get replaced by the succedaneous tooth by 6 to 12 years.

Usually permanent tooth does their job well to capture their space by shedding milk tooth, hence, forceful extractions are not always indicated.

But some conditions indicate forceful removal of milk tooth which includes :

  • Over retained deciduous tooth ( condition where the milk tooth stays in the oral mouth
    even after the eruption of the corresponding permanent tooth).
  • Severely infected tooth.
  • For space management.
  • When those tooth are damaged beyond repair as in case of any trauma.

As it is necessary to maintain a sterile environment throughout the extraction procedure ,its always better to seek dental support for tooth removal.

Self extraction may result in breakage(fracture) of tooth within the socket and can cause more trouble. At the same time it can also increase  physical ,mental and psychological trauma .

Whereas professional dental care ensures a painless , sterile and safe environment to the patient .

At the same time ,parents should take good care of their child’s oral cavity after extraction , as after care is an important part of the treatment.

Extracted socket should be investigated on a daily basis for any redness, discharge and inflammation to rule out infections , And if any of these symptoms pops up , rush to the dentist as soon as possible.

Bringing a kid for pediatric care is not an easy task , it is very important to maintain a healthy relationship between the child and dentist . Adapting to the dental environment is also an important factor to sync with the procedures, for that trust the doctor and give child patient enough time to get familiar with the surroundings. Thus a collective effort can make the moment special for the child to meet their tooth fairy and receive reward for their courage.

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When should one remove milk tooth?

Milk tooth falls off when their roots get resorbed during the eruption of permanent tooth.

Other conditions that indicate milk tooth removal are:

  • Over retained deciduous tooth ( condition where the milk tooth stays in the oral mouth even after the eruption of the corresponding permanent tooth).
  • Severly infected tooth.
  • For space management.
  • When those tooth are damaged beyond repair as in case of any trauma.
How many milk tooth are there in oral cavity?

There are 20 milk tooth in a childs oral cavity.

When does the first permanent tooth erupts in the oral cavity?

At the age of 6 years , the first permanent molar tooth will appear. But it will not be same in all cases and is completely normal for a childs tooth to emerge later than one might expect.

How does the primary tooth fall off?

Milk tooth remains in its place until permanent tooth pushes it resulting in root resorption. Resorption of root makes tooth mobile and as a result they falls off .

Will there be bleeding after milk tooth extraction?

Slight bleeding is common after milk tooth extraction and will stop once the blood clot forms. If persistant bleeding is present, get expert advice.

What all are to be followed after a milk tooth extraction?

Dos :

  • Keep a cotton or gauze piece over the extraction socket and remove it after 30 minutes . This helps to control bleeding.
  • Take pain medications as recommended by the specialist.
  • Only Soft and cold food should be taken on the day of extraction.
  • Drink plenty of water and keep body hydrated.
  • It is very important to maintain oral hygiene after tooth extraction , so that brush that area gently.
  • Ice pack application can relieve post extraction pain.
  • Warm saline rinse on the second day post extraction.
  • Application of ice packs helps to control healing.
  • If the extraction socket is sutured, get it removed after 7 days post extraction.
  • Start rinsing with warm saline water 24 hours after extraction and continue it 4-5 times daily for next 7 days.

Donts:

  • Donot use straw to drink liquid as they can dislodge the clot.
  • Donot drink hot liquids post extraction.
  • Constant spitting and rinsing mouth should also be avoided as that can disturb the clot.

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