Dentist in Greensboro, NC offering tips for preparing your children for tooth extractions
For children between the ages of 6 and 12, this is a time when losing a tooth becomes a rite of passage and they begin to receive visits from the mystical tooth fairy. This is an exciting time for many children but, sometimes, a tooth may need to be extracted before it’s ready to naturally fall out. Having a dentist you can trust with extracting your child’s tooth is critical in these times. Dr. Sona Isharani and her dedicated staff at Triad Pediatric Dentistry in Greensboro, NC make the tooth extraction process as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Dr. Isharani understands this can be a stressful experience for both child and parent and takes measures to take the fear out of the procedure.
Preparing Your Child
There are a few reasons a tooth may need to be extracted, including:
- Tooth decay
- Trauma, such as being hit in the face by a ball during play
It’s important to understand that your dentist wants tooth extraction to be the last course of action taken. If there is any way to save the tooth, then necessary action will be taken. Unfortunately, there are some cases in which a tooth cannot be saved. When this is the case, it’s probable that your child will be fearful of having it removed. This is especially true for children who already suffer from any level of dental anxiety or fear. It’s important to prepare your child for this procedure by sitting down and having an honest discussion with them in simple terms so that they have a clear understanding of what is going to happen. In some cases, an anesthesia will be used to take away any pain and to put them at ease, so make sure they are aware of this and that may put them at ease. If using general anesthesia, make them aware that they will be asleep during the procedure and won’t feel a thing. If only a local anesthetic is required, make them aware that, although they will be awake, they will be numb and not be able to feel a thing.