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As you are aware, primary teeth are not replaced by permanent teeth, all at once. Sometimes the structure of your child’s mouth is not large enough to fully accommodate the emerging permanent teeth. This can cause the teeth in your child’s mouth to become overcrowded.

When combined with natural deviations in the alignment of their permanent teeth, your child could suffer from an unappealing smile and teeth that could be damaged by the loss of enamel or dental fractures.

Fortunately, Dr. Daniel Adams and the team at Full Smile Orthodontics can effectively address alignment problems by placing braces on your child’s teeth. If the overcrowding problem is significant, or one tooth is positioned at a severe angle, our orthodontist might recommend extracting a tooth. The space created by the extraction will accommodate the movement of the other teeth.

After the extraction, your son or daughter will likely be given a prescription for pain or anti-inflammatory medications. This will ensure your child’s comfort while the extraction site heals.

It’s natural for the extraction site to bleed a little for a day or two after the tooth has been removed. The bleeding can be controlled by lightly biting down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, gently rinse the area with lukewarm saltwater.

If you live in the Carlsbad, California, area and your son or daughter are struggling with overcrowded or misaligned teeth, you should call 760.804.0080 to set up a consultation at Full Smile Orthodontics today!