Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction Specialist
In some cases, teeth become so decayed that they must be extracted to stop the pain and prevent further problems. Some children also need tooth extractions when one or more of their baby teeth fails to fall out. Dr. Nolan Gerlach offers safe, comfortable tooth extraction services for children at Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry. To make an appointment to discuss a possible extraction, please call the office in Bellevue, Washington, today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a procedure in which Dr. Gerlach removes a tooth from your child’s mouth. This procedure may be used to remove baby teeth or permanent teeth, depending on the situation.


When is a tooth extraction necessary?

A tooth extraction may be necessary if your child’s tooth is broken or decayed significantly. In these cases, Dr. Gerlach will usually recommend extraction if the tooth can’t be preserved using other treatments, such as fillings or crowns.
Tooth extractions may also be necessary in cases where baby teeth don’t fall out when they’re supposed to. For example, if the child’s permanent teeth appear in front of or behind a baby tooth, Dr. Gerlach may extract the baby tooth to prevent crowding and other complications.


Are tooth extractions painful?

Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry takes steps to prevent pain during tooth extractions. Dr. Gerlach is an experienced pediatric dentist, and he can keep your child comfortable and at ease throughout this process.


How does Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry keep children comfortable during tooth extractions?

Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry offers a variety of services to keep children comfortable during tooth extractions.

  • Overhead movies: If children are awake during a tooth extraction, they can watch an overhead movie with Bluetooth® headphones to stay calm and distracted.
  • Local anesthetic: Dr. Gerlach will use a local anesthetic to prevent pain during tooth extractions.
  • Sedation dentistry: For children who are younger or more anxious about treatment, Dr. Gerlach may recommend sedation during the tooth extraction procedure. Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry offers both oral conscious sedation and laughing gas to children who need to have a tooth extracted.
  • Specialized terminology: Dr. Gerlach and his team use special terminology to prevent fear and keep children at ease during tooth extractions and other procedures.


What options are available to children with missing teeth?

If Dr. Gerlach needs to extract a baby tooth before the permanent tooth is ready to take its place, he can use a spacer to maintain the space in your child’s mouth until the permanent tooth comes in. If Dr. Gerlach needs to extract a permanent tooth, he may recommend a bridge or implant to fill the space.

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