Leading Pediatric Oral Surgery Care in Tacoma

At Kid's Choice Dental, every child's smile matters.

If your child needs a wisdom tooth extraction or any other pediatric oral surgery, you've come to the right place. As a top-rated pediatric dental practice in Washington, we're committed to providing expert dental care in a friendly and safe environment. We understand the importance of your child's oral health and are here to support you every step of the way.


Why Choose Us for Your Child's Oral Surgery

Choosing the right dentist for your child's oral surgery is crucial. At Kid's Choice Dental, we specialize in oral surgery for kids, focusing on creating a positive and comfortable experience for both children and their parents. Our team is experienced in managing the unique needs of young patients, ensuring that each visit is as stress-free as possible.

We are known for our compassionate care and dedication to making each patient feel at ease. Our "No Judgment Zone" means that every question is welcomed and every concern is addressed with respect and understanding. Whether it’s a tooth extraction or a more complex procedure, by choosing us, you're not just getting a dental service; you're gaining a team that cares deeply about your child's health and comfort.

Types of Pediatric Oral Surgeries Offered at Kid's Choice Dental

At Kid's Choice Dental, we provide a comprehensive range of pediatric oral surgeries tailored to meet the specific needs of children. Our skilled team ensures each procedure is performed with the utmost care, ensuring comfort and safety. Here are the various oral surgeries we offer:

Tooth Extractions


Treatment of Oral Pathologies

Corrective Jaw Surgeries

Dental Implant Placement

Emergency Dental Surgeries

Tooth extractions are necessary when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired. We perform:

  • Simple Extractions: These are done on teeth that are visible and easily accessible in the mouth. This procedure is typically quick and performed under local anesthesia.
  • Surgical Extractions: Required for teeth that are not easily accessible, such as those that are broken at the gum line or have not fully erupted. This procedure is more complex and may involve sectioning the tooth or removing some bone.

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that removes or modifies the frenum, a connective tissue in the mouth:

  • Lip Tie Release: Corrects an abnormal attachment of the upper lip to the gums, which can interfere with normal feeding and speech.
  • Tongue Tie Release: Involves cutting a tight, short band of tissue that tethers the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth, which can affect feeding, swallowing, and speech.

We manage various oral pathologies that can affect children, including:

  • Cysts and Tumors: The removal of benign growths or cysts that can develop in the jawbones or soft tissues of the mouth. These procedures are important to prevent damage to surrounding teeth and tissues.
  • Biopsies: Performed to investigate abnormal tissue growths in the mouth. These are essential for diagnosing conditions and planning appropriate treatments.

Also known as orthognathic surgery, these procedures are performed to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, malocclusion problems owing to skeletal disharmonies, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces.

For children who have lost a permanent tooth, whether due to injury or disease, dental implants offer a durable and functional replacement. Implants are designed to replicate the tooth root, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth.

We provide immediate care for dental emergencies, such as:
  • Injuries: Treatment for various injuries like knocked-out teeth or fractures to the jaw. We aim to address pain, repair damage, and set the foundation for healing as quickly as possible.

At Kid's Choice Dental, we focus on ensuring that each surgery is not just about treating the issue at hand but also about maintaining and enhancing overall oral health through advanced care and technology.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are a common oral surgery for children performed at Kid's Choice Dental. We ensure that every extraction, whether simple or complex, is handled with precision and care to minimize discomfort and promote rapid healing.

When is Tooth Extraction Needed?

Tooth extraction may be necessary for several reasons in children:

  • Severe Decay: When a tooth is severely decayed and beyond the help of a filling or crown.
  • Infection: To prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth.
  • Orthodontic Reasons: To create room for proper alignment when teeth are overcrowded.
  • Impacted Teeth: Teeth that have not erupted properly and are causing pain or potential harm to other teeth.

The Process of Tooth Extraction

Our process for tooth extractions includes a thorough examination, possibly including X-rays, to determine the best course of action. The procedure typically involves:

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the tooth to ensure the child feels no pain during the extraction.

The tooth is carefully loosened and removed using precise instruments. In the case of a surgical extraction, a small incision might be made in the gum to access the tooth.

Post-Extraction Care and Benefits
After the extraction, we provide detailed care instructions to ensure proper healing. Benefits of following through with necessary extractions include:

  • Pain Relief: Removal of a problematic tooth alleviates pain.
  • Prevention of More Serious Issues: Reduces the risk of infection and orthodontic complications.
  • Promotes Overall Oral Health: Helps maintain the health of remaining teeth and gum tissue.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Minors

Wisdom tooth extractions are a specific type of tooth extraction often necessary in teenagers and young adults as these teeth start to emerge.

When is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Needed?

  • Impaction: When wisdom teeth are unable to properly erupt through the gums.
  • Overcrowding: If there is not enough space in the jaw to accommodate these new teeth, leading to misalignment of other teeth.
  • Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create pockets where bacteria grow, leading to painful infections.

The Process of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extractions for kids involves a careful approach tailored to the needs of growing children:

Initial Assessment
Includes X-rays or 3D imaging to determine the position and condition of the wisdom teeth.

Sedation Options
Depending on the complexity of the case and the comfort level of the child, various sedation options may be offered.

Extraction Procedure
The gums may be opened slightly to access the wisdom teeth, and any bone blocking the tooth may be carefully removed. The tooth might be sectioned into smaller pieces to make the removal process easier and safer.

Benefits of Pediatric Wisdom Tooth Extractions 

  • Prevents Future Dental Issues: Early removal can prevent the shifting of teeth and complications with the jaw.
  • Decreases Discomfort: Eliminates pain from impaction and overcrowding.
  • Lowers Risk of Infections: Reduces the likelihood of decay and gum disease associated with partially erupted wisdom teeth.

At Kid's Choice Dental, our goal with any extraction, particularly wisdom teeth extractions, is to ensure the long-term oral health and comfort of our young patients. We take every measure to make these procedures as stress-free and beneficial as possible.

The Importance of Professional Care in Pediatric Oral Surgery

Choosing a licensed and trusted professional for pediatric oral surgery is critical for your child's health and comfort. Here's why it's essential to select experienced practitioners like those at Kid's Choice Dental:

Specialized Knowledge and Training
Pediatric dentists and oral surgeons receive extensive training beyond dental school, focusing on children's unique dental needs. This expertise ensures procedures are performed safely and effectively.

Tailored Approaches for Children
Children have specific medical and emotional needs. Licensed professionals are skilled in managing their anxiety, understanding the implications of anesthesia, and adjusting techniques to suit a child’s anatomy, ensuring a comfortable experience.

Advanced and Safe Techniques
Certified pediatric oral surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technologies, enhancing treatment effectiveness, safety, and recovery. They adhere to strict sterilization protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment.

Emotional Support and Comfort
Experienced pediatric dentists create a reassuring environment that alleviates stress associated with surgery. This supportive approach helps foster a positive attitude towards dental care throughout their lives.

Continuity of Care
A trusted dental professional provides consistent care, which is crucial for monitoring and maintaining your child’s oral health over time. Regular check-ups allow for timely interventions and guidance on proper dental hygiene.

Schedule Your Child's Appointment Today

Ensure the best for your child's dental health by booking an appointment at Kid's Choice Dental. Our team is ready to provide top-notch care in a safe and comforting environment. From routine check-ups to specialized oral surgery, we are here to support your child's dental journey every step of the way. Visit our website or give us a call to secure your spot.


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