While none of us enjoy the thought of tooth removal, the idea can be especially scary for young patients. Many kids are already wary of the dentist’s office, but a tooth extraction can seem like a frightening idea.
Helping your child feel calm and confident before their appointment is vital for a smooth experience.
Fortunately, there are some ways to help prepare your child for a tooth extraction.
Read to learn more.
Are Children’s Tooth Extractions Necessary?
“Baby teeth” fall out on their own, so is there ever a reason to remove them? What if a child already has adult teeth? Is it necessary to extract them? These are common questions that parents often have.
For adults and children, tooth removal is never the first option. We always consider all possible treatment plans before recommending extraction for primary or adult teeth.
However, a severely damaged tooth may be better to extract than attempt to repair it in vain. Furthermore, if a tooth is damaging those around it, it may require removal. In kids, tooth removal can also be part of preparing the mouth for orthodontics.
While it’s not a recommendation we take lightly, tooth removal is something that patients of all ages may require. Using modern dental anesthesia and efficient dental tools, the procedure is quick and painless. But for kids, it can still be terrifying.
Preparing Kids for Tooth Extraction
Without preparation, children may come in for a tooth extraction very concerned, or they may quickly become worried when they learn what’s happening. That’s why it’s best to prepare your child ahead of time for a tooth removal. Here are some tips:
- Talk through the procedure and why it’s important for them.
- Discuss the anesthesia and assure them they won’t experience any pain.
- Listen to your child’s worries and allow them to express their feelings.
- Collaborate with the dentist to explain the reason and process for baby tooth extraction or adult tooth removal.
- Allow your child to help pick out and organize aftercare supplies.
Visit Our Children’s Dentist in Fonthill and Welland
Another key step to preparing your child for tooth extraction is to choose a compassionate, experienced dentist in Fonthill and Welland. The dental team at Fonthill Dental Marketplace offers complete children’s dentistry care, including tooth removal when needed. We do everything we can to preserve your child’s natural teeth, but when tooth extraction is necessary, you can count on our welcoming team for a smooth procedure. We’re happy to help you prepare your child for all of their dental care needs.
Schedule your appointment with our children’s dentist in Fonthill and Welland today!