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Post Operative Instructions

Numbness From Local Anesthesia:
  • The sensation of being numb is often the hardest aspect for a child to understand. 
  • It may take 1-3 hours for the numbness to wear off. 
  • Avoid eating foods that require much chewing (your child might inadvertently chew on their tongue/cheek). Soft food like milkshake, smoothie, soup, mashed potato, Jell-O…are recommended. 
  • Monitor your child to prevent them from biting/chewing/sucking their tongue, cheek, or lips.
Fillings:
  • If your child is numb, please follow the post-op instructions for numbness. 
  • If the filling feels “weird” or still hurts after a few days, please contact us. We might need to re-adjust the filling (this is because the numbness might’ve caused the child to bite differently from their normal bite at the time of the filling).  
  • Avoid sticky, hard candies and chewing on ice to prevent breaking the fillings or crowns. 
  • Teeth with fillings should be cared for like natural teeth (brushing, flossing regular and avoid sugary diet) to prevent recurrent decay (new decay around the filling margin)
  • For any discomfort, Tylenol or Ibuprofen is recommended.
Crowns & Space Maintainer (Spacers):
  • If your child is numb, please follow the post-op instructions for numbness.
  • To seat the crown or spacer correctly, work must be done just below the gumline; therefore, expect your child’s gums to be sore for 2-3 days. Your child’s gum tissue may bleed upon brushing for the next few days. To help with healing, keep the area clean by gently brushing two to three times a day and flossing.
  • It may take a few days for your child to adjust to the crown or spacer. Do not let your child pick or pull at the crown or spacer as continuous force and pressure can pull it off.
  • Your child should avoid sticky, hard candies (i.e. taffy, suckers, starbursts, caramels) for the life of the crown or spacer. Although it is cemented on to the tooth structure, these sticky foods can cause the crown or spacer to become loose over time, and eventually come off. 
  • Please contact us if it feels loose or comes off. 
Extraction/ Removal of Teeth
  • If your child is numb, please follow the postop instruction for numbness.
  • Have your child bite on gauze for 30 minutes or until bleeding is controlled (pressure will stop the bleeding)
  • Avoid spitting or using sippy cups/straws for a few days after the extraction (If the child is very young, avoid the bottle or pacifier for 24 hours). The sucking or spitting action might cause the clot to come out, and make the bleeding last longer. 
  • Avoid salty, spicy, acidic or crunchy foods for a few days because they might irritate the area. Cold and/or soft foods are great choices (i.e. ice cream, smoothies, applesauce, mac and cheese, etc.)
  • Children’s Tylenol or Motrin is recommended for any pain. 
  • Refrain from doing strenuous activities (like playing sports, bouncy house…) for at least 1 day. 
  • A small amount of oozing is normal; however, if bleeding becomes heavy, have your child bite on a gauze or tea bag for 15 minutes.
  • If bleeding continues or is not controlled, call our office immediately at (702) 850-8148