While it’s our goal for your child to keep all their baby teeth until they naturally fall out, there are certain situations where our dentists find it best to remove a tooth. If there’s so much tooth decay that it can’t be repaired, if baby teeth are getting in the way of orthodontic alignment, or if there’s some sort of other issue that would be solved by removing the tooth, then it’s the route that’s usually taken. Following are ways you can ensure your child will have the best possible experience.
Talk With Them Openly
If a child is in an unexpected situation or has to deal with something they didn’t previously know would happen, they’re most likely to react with fear. If your child knows exactly what to expect when coming to their extraction appointment, there’s much less of a chance they’ll be scared or surprised. Do some research on tooth extraction or give us a call so you know exactly what to expect. Our staff is more than happy to explain exactly how the procedure works.
Focus on the Positives
While you should be honest about what will happen on the day of the procedure, it’s also important to focus on the positive aspects of getting their tooth removed. Talk to them about how they will have a perfectly beautiful smile and they won’t have a “sad” tooth in their mouth anymore. Perhaps say the tooth fairy gives extra rewards for pulled teeth, or promise them ice cream after the procedure.
Prepare for After the Procedure
Your child will have an easier time dealing with getting a tooth pulled when they know they’ll be taken care of afterward. Although getting a baby tooth removed doesn’t usually come with complications, your child may experience some mild swelling or discomfort. This can easily be managed with over-the-counter painkillers and applying an ice pack to the face.
Getting an adult tooth pulled usually involves more careful after-care, including leaving in gauze and ensuring no blood clots come out prematurely, and the possibility of pain and swelling that lasts a little longer. However, having a plan in place and relaying it to your child will help them know they’re in good hands.
Take Them to an Experienced Children’s Dentistry in Fort Worth
The best way to ensure your child has a positive experience when getting a tooth extraction is to take them to a dentist that is geared toward working with kids. At Rio Dental & Orthodontics, all of our staff members love helping children and go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable at all times. For quality pediatric dentistry in Fort Worth, give us a call today!