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The 5 and a half year old daughter of my friend is suffering tooth pain. The dentist told my friend that she has to perform oral surgery to remove all of the teeth, otherwise the root condition right now could damage the secondary teeth before they come out. Since this is something big for a small child, is that the only way she has to go through the pain?

If I read the question correctly, your friends daughter is 5 1/2 and needs to have all of her primary/baby teeth removed?

I have been treating children for some time now and have only seen permanent teeth effected from abcessed primary teeth 2 times. Having a toothache is by far one of the most painful experiences. If she definitely needs to have all of the primary teeth extracted, there are a couple of options to make it more comfortable for her.

One is to have her sedated at the office. Another is to have an oral surgeon do the procedure because they have the ability to use IV sedations and put her to sleep. Last, you can go to the operating room where she will be asleep and have the procedure performed.

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