Extractions Specialist

Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS -  - Pediatric Dentist

Your Child's Dentist

Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS

Pediatric Dentist located in San Antonio, TX

When your child’s teeth are overcrowded, they may need an extraction to make more room in their mouth. At Your Child's Dentist in San Antonio, Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS, offers simple and surgical extractions to protect your child’s oral health. With a focus on keeping your child comfortable and relaxed, Dr. Gutierrez Jeffords and her team provide sedation options for all tooth extractions. Find out more about tooth extraction by calling the San Antonio office or using the online booking feature.

Extractions Q & A

What is an extraction?

A dental extraction is a surgical procedure to permanently remove a tooth. Your child may require a tooth extraction if a tooth is severely damaged after an injury or due to tooth decay.

Dr. Gutierrez may also recommend an extraction if your child has crowded teeth, which may cause other teeth to move out of alignment. In some cases, wisdom teeth and other adult teeth aren’t able to erupt properly through the gums, leading to impaction.

What does a tooth extraction involve?

Dr. Gutierrez performs a simple tooth extraction using nitrous oxide sedation. This ensures your child is comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. She also numbs the area of extraction to help reduce discomfort and pain.

If the tooth is broken or wisdom teeth are impacted, Dr. Gutierrez may suggest general anesthesia. This allows her to complete a more complex surgical procedure while ensuring your child isn’t scared or in pain.

How do I prepare my child for an extraction?

Before the procedure, Dr. Gutierrez performs a thorough evaluation of your oral health. She may also request dental X-rays to create a custom treatment plan for the extraction.

During this evaluation, Dr. Gutierrez can provide you with instructions to prepare your child for the extraction procedure. She may request that your child doesn’t eat or drink for several hours before the extraction if they are undergoing general anesthesia.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

For a simple extraction, your child may return home to rest soon after the procedure. Dr. Gutierrez may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep your child comfortable. They should be able to return to their normal activities the next day.

For surgical extractions, your child needs to recover from the anesthesia before they can go home. Dr. Gutierrez recommends plenty of rest and over-the-counter medications for pain. She may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.

After an extraction, your child should eat soft foods and try not to chew on the extraction site. They should brush their teeth as they normally would, avoiding the extraction area for 24 hours to allow the gum to heal.

To find out more about tooth extraction, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.