Extractions and Space Maintenance
Unfortunately there are some instances when a tooth cannot be saved. Whether it is due to a prior trauma, extensive decay of the tooth, or recommendation made by another specialist, there are cases that the tooth needs to be removed to prevent infection or further damage.
Our Doctors make every attempt to save a tooth, where possible. However, should an extraction be necessary, our Doctors have a gentle approach to ensure that the process is fast and seamless.
When Is a Dental Extraction Needed?
There may be some circumstances where extracting or removing a tooth is the best treatment for your child. Those situations are:
- Tooth decay that is severe and larger than what a dental filling or crown can repair
- Periodontal disease in an advanced stage that has caused an infection
- A fractured or broken tooth
- A tooth affected by trauma or an accident
We always recommended dental extractions as a last resort, and you can rest assured that if it's needed, it is to protect your child’s oral health and well-being. We make every effort to ensure your son or daughter’s comfort if extraction is necessary, and we’re here to guide you through the recovery process from start to finish.
Space maintainers are used to hold the space where a primary “baby” tooth was lost prematurely. They aid in preventing the teeth in the area from shifting together and blocking the permanent tooth from erupting properly, without additional complications.
Our doctors are specially trained to recognize where a space maintainer would be best suited, maximizing the benefits for each patient. While many cases may benefit from the placement of a space maintainer, not all cases require them due to the growth and development of the teeth surrounding the extracted tooth.
Space maintainers are regularly monitored at your child’s cleaning appointments, and once the permanent tooth starts to erupt into the mouth, the space maintainer is removed.
This preventive measure is less invasive and more cost effective in the long run, rather than attempting to reverse the movement through more orthodontic treatment in the future.