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Milk Tooth Extraction

Milk teeth, also known as baby teeth, begin to erupt in children around 6 months of age and start to shed and be replaced by permanent teeth around 6-8 years of age. The process of complete shedding of milk teeth and their replacement by permanent teeth continues in children until around 12 years of age.

Milk Teeth in Children

In children, milk teeth generally begin to shed when the permanent teeth erupt from below and disconnect the connection between the milk teeth and the gums. In exceptional cases, the milk teeth may not shed, and the emerging permanent teeth may come out crooked and irregularly from different locations.

In some cases, decay may have progressed to the live part of the tooth, and inflammation may have spread to the roots of the tooth and the jawbone. In such cases, if it is a milk tooth and the emerging permanent tooth is very close, extraction can be performed. If the eruption time of the permanent tooth is not near, a space maintainer should be placed in the extracted tooth’s place.

How is the Extraction of Milk Teeth Performed?

The initial experiences children have at the dentist are crucial. Dental fear often stems from a bad experience that happened during childhood. It is more appropriate for the extraction of milk teeth to be performed after the child goes through a 1-2 session adaptation period. Anesthesia is necessary to ensure a painless extraction. Children especially fear needles and anesthesia.

Potential Side Effects of Tooth Extraction in Children

Potential side effects that may occur during or after tooth extraction in children include:

  • Pain or infection after extraction,
  • Change in color at the extraction site,
  • Restriction in opening or closing the mouth,
  • Mild, moderate or heavy bleeding that may last long,
  • Discomfort and swelling that may require a few days of rest at home,
  • Temporary or permanent numbness in the nerves related to the extraction site (tongue, lips, chin).

If any of the complications mentioned above occur, it is important to consult your dentist without delay.

ÇPrecautions to Take After the Extraction of Milk Teeth in Children

Extraction of milk teeth is a treatment that is completed in a short time. However, certain precautions should be taken afterwards:

  • Avoid touching the extraction site.
  • Do not create suction with the cheek or tongue in the tooth socket.
  • Do not feed the child until the numbness subsides.
  • Mild pain relievers or mouthwashes may be recommended during the extraction.
  • Avoid consuming very hot or cold foods on the day of the extraction.
  • Saliva accumulated in the mouth after tooth extraction should be swallowed and not spit out continuously.
  • The gauze placed in the mouth after the extraction should be removed after 20 minutes. Another piece of gauze should not be placed in the socket after this period.
  • Medications or mouthwashes prescribed by the dentist should be administered to the child as instructed.
  • Since local anesthesia is used during treatment, the child should be cautioned not to bite their lips or cheeks while numb.
  • If a tooth is extracted before the physiological shedding time, it is important not to miss the appointment given by your dentist for the placement of a space maintainer.
  • The most significant area loss in the jaw occurs in the 6 months following the extraction. Therefore, it is important to place a space maintainer immediately after the extraction.