After Local Anesthesia

If the procedure was in the lower jaw, the tongue, teeth, lip and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep.

If the procedure was in the upper jaw...the teeth, lip and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep.

Often, children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia, and may chew, scratch, suck or play with the numb lip, tongue or cheek. These actions can cause minor irritations or they can be severe enough to cause swelling and abrasions to the tissue, or cause an infection. Please monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the appointment. It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.

Care of the Mouth After Trauma

Please keep the traumatized area as-clean-as possible. A soft wash cloth often works well during healing to aid the process.

Watch for darkening of traumatized teeth. This could be an indication of a dying never (pulp).

If the swelling should re-occur, our office needs to see the patient as-soon-as possible. Ice should be administered during the first 24 hours to keep the swelling to a minimum.

Watch for infection (gum boils) in the area of trauma. If infection is noticed - call the office so the patient can be seen as-soon-as possible.

Maintain a soft diet for two to three days, or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again. A cold milkshake or popsicle can help reduce swelling and ease your child.

If antibiotics or pain medicines are prescribed, be sure to follow the prescription as directed.

Please do not hesitate to call the office if there are any questions.

Care of the Mouth After Extraction

Do not rinse the mouth day of extraction. Starting the day after the extraction, your child can gently rinse every 3-4 hours, especially after meals, using 1/4 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.

Do not spit excessively.

Do not drink through a straw.

Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area.

Bleeding:
Some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for 30 minutes. This can also be accomplished with a teabag. Repeat if necessary.

Maintain a soft diet for a day or two, or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again.

Avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity for several hours after the extraction.

Pain:
For discomfort, use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if there are any questions.

Care of Sealants

By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since the sealant only covers the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth are still susceptible to decay. Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered.

Your child should refrain from eating ice or hard candy, which tend to fracture the sealant. Grinding of teeth can also cause sealants to wear prematurely. Regular dental appointments are recommended in order for your child's dentist to be certain the sealants remain in place. If any areas of sealants are worn or displaced, they can easily be replaced.

Oral Discomfort After a Cleaning

A thorough cleaning can sometimes produce some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. This is not due to a "rough cleaning" but, to tender any inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend the following 2-3 days after cleaning was performed.

  1. A warm salt water rinse 2-3 times per day.
  2. For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed for the age of the child.