A 39-year-old member asked:
can a baby tooth be pulled early if it is looking infected?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered
39 years experience Dentistry
Yes, if necessary: It is better to have the infection under control, but certain instances call for the immediate removal.
Answered on Sep 17, 2013
Dr. Stephen Gordon answered
42 years experience Dentistry
Yes, but: The ability to anesthetize ("numb" ) the tooth may be reduced as often the infection will interfere with the effectiveness of the anesthetic agent.
Answered on Oct 1, 2013
Dr. J. Blake Perkins answered
20 years experience Dentistry
Yes: If your tooth is infected, depending on how damaged it is, you can either do a root canal treatment, and save the tooth, or have it removed. It is usually recommended you take a course of antibiotics first, to reduce the chances that the infection makes it harder to numb the tooth for either procedure.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
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