Whether due to an unexpected accident or some problems with a growing mouth and teeth, the need for oral surgeries for children may arise at any time.
For parents and children alike, oral surgery can be a scary thought. Knowing what situations may require a surgery, as well as what to expect during oral surgery, can help ease anxiety and offer reassurance.
Types of Oral Surgeries for Children
Though the reasons your child might need oral surgery are many and varied, these are the most common dental
surgeries for children.
- Tooth extraction:
- Exposure of non-erupted or impacted teeth:
- Treatment of injury or trauma:
Most of the time, when a tooth extraction for a child is recommended, it is for orthodontic reasons. It may be suggested to have wisdom teeth, permanent teeth, or even baby teeth pulled if your child has a small jaw and may face issues with crowding. Removing these teeth early can help with proper alignment as new teeth erupt.
A frenectomy is a fairly simple and straightforward surgery to remove extra folds of soft tissue in the mouth, typically in the middle of the upper lip and gum or under the tongue. While some tissue there is essential for keeping the lip and tongue in place, excess tissue can lead to problems and may be recommended for removal.
Occasionally, a child’s permanent teeth may become impacted (blocked or made unable to break through the gum) and not erupt for various reasons. Canine teeth, in particular, may have issues with not erupting properly but are essential for the proper formation of the mouth and teeth as a child grows. To treat teeth that are impacted or not erupting, they may need oral surgery to help expose them and guide them into place.
accidents may cause children to need a large variety of oral surgeries. Deep cuts in or around the mouth, jaw fractures, knocked out teeth (particularly the accidental loss of permanent teeth) may all require oral surgeries.
What to Expect When Your Child Needs Oral Surgery
It’s not uncommon for children and adolescents to be anxious about visiting the oral surgeon, especially if they’ve undergone trauma to their mouth, face or jaw. Finding the right oral surgeon can help ease the anxieties in your child and yourself. Make sure you find an oral surgeon who makes you and your child feel comfortable, safe, and in control.
Once you find the right oral surgeon, he or she will examine your child and determine what, if any, treatment is needed and then make a plan for treatment with you. This discussion should include insurance and payment options as well as what to expect during the surgery and what the steps to treatment will be, including anesthesia. After the surgery, they will provide steps for recovery and postoperative care. According to the America/s Pediatric Dentists, special care should also be given to make sure children are able to maintain caloric and fluid/electrolyte intake before and after surgery.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You
Oral surgeries for children can be a scary thing, but the board-certified oral health professionals at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can provide the assurance and calm that you need to proceed with confidence in treating your child. Our surgeons have broad experience performing a myriad of oral surgeries while ensuring our patients feel comfortable and safe.
We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan, and Tooele, Utah. Schedule a free consultation today!