Having a tooth extracted can be scary – especially for kids. If your child needs to have a tooth removed, you want to do everything you can to make it as easy as possible. How can you prepare, and what’s the best way to talk with your child about this? Read on for tips to help to make this a better experience for your child and for you!
There can be different reasons why a child may need a tooth extraction. For example, their tooth may be damaged or decayed. Or it may need to be removed to relieve excessive crowding. Talk with your child’s dentist about their condition, why extraction is needed, and the benefits it will offer. Also, ask about what the procedure will be like and advice to prepare. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to help your child.
Answer Your Child’s Questions
Give your child a chance to ask questions about the procedure, but try to wait until one or two days before their appointment so that they don't spend too many days worrying about it. Be honest about what’s going to happen, but remember to talk with your child in terms they can understand.
Will your child’s tooth extraction make space for a healthier, happier adult tooth? Will it help make their smile even better and stronger in the long run? Try to keep the conversations upbeat, and focus on the positive. If you’re upbeat and confident, this will help your child to feel better and more confident, too!
Plan for a Good Treatment Day
Try to ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep before their procedure. This can help start the day off right. If you have time before the appointment, try to do something your child enjoys, such as playing outside or going to the park. If possible, you may also want to plan on a fun, relaxing activity to do after the procedure, like watching a movie.
Bring Comfort Objects
Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or toy? Consider bringing any special objects with you to the appointment, or having them ready afterward. This can help provide a little extra comfort, in addition to hugs and support from you.
Be Prepared for Recovery
Knowing what to expect afterward – and being prepared – can be comforting for your child and for you. Be sure to have over-the-counter pain reliever and other recommended items on hand, and explain to your child how these can help them feel better as they recover. Your child may not feel like eating right away and will probably be restricted to soft foods initially. Having some ice cream in the freezer may not be a bad idea!
Find a Pediatric Provider You Trust
Last but definitely not least, find a pediatric dentist you can trust. Here at Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we provide gentle tooth extractions as part of our restorative pediatric services. Our team understands that this can be a sensitive time for you and your child, and we want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
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