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An extraction can make children and parents anxious, but it is a common procedure in most pediatric dental offices. Sometimes a child’s tooth has too much decay to restore, or they need a tooth or teeth removed to make room for orthodontic treatment.

Regardless, our doctors and their team will ensure you and your child are comfortable with the treatment plan.

After some local anesthetic, our doctors will remove your child’s tooth. If it is impacted or if it is a complicated removal, our doctors will discuss with you if sedation options are recommended.

Once the tooth is removed, our doctors will give you post-op instructions and place a small piece of gauze over the extraction site to stop any bleeding and to help a clot form. Check and replace the gauze every 20 minutes until the bleeding stops.

Here are some recommended tips for the first 24 hours after your child’s extraction

Use over-the-counter or prescribed pain relievers if recommended by our doctors.
Give your child soft foods for the first 24 hours after their extraction.
DO NOT allow your child to drink from a straw, rinse their mouths out, spit, or brush that area for at least 24 hours after tooth removal.
Place an ice pack wrapped in a towel over the area for about 20 minutes to relieve swelling and discomfort.
Immediately call our office if your child experiences fever, immense pain, or chills.
‘‘ Dr. Callier saved one of my teeth. It was a back molar needed for chewing. The tooth was severely decayed; however he pulled out all the stops and was able to save it. It was excellent dentistry all the way. They went over the follow up care to make sure I would be able to take care of the “saved” tooth. I can definitely recommend North Texas Dentistry to anyone needing dental services. ’’
Michael Bennett


A hole from a simple extraction of a small tooth with a single root usually takes about 7 days to close and heal. A hole from a simple extraction of a large tooth with several roots closes after 3 weeks, but complete healing and elimination of the hole may take several months.
With warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) 3-4 times per day, always after meals. Be very careful not to dislodge any blood clot in the tooth socket. biting down on a clean, rolled up handkerchief placed over the affected area for about 10 minutes.
You can speak after having your wisdom teeth removed, just try to limit how much you talk immediately following surgery.


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.