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Post-Treatment Care

Care of the Mouth After Local Anesthesia     │    Care of Mouth After Trauma
Care of Mouth After Fillings and Crowns     │    Care of Space Maintainer     │    Care of the Mouth After Extractions
Care of Sealants     │    Oral Discomfort After a Cleaning

post-treatment


 

Care of the Mouth After Local Anesthesia

  • If the procedure was in the lower jaw half of the tongue, teeth, lip and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep for approximately 3 hours.
  • If the procedure was in the upper jaw the teeth, lip and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep for approximately 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • Young children generally do not like the feeling of local anesthesia and often tell parents it hurts because they do not know any other way to express the ballooning, tingling feeling.
  • Monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the appointment. It is often wise to keep your child on a soft or liquid diet until the anesthetic has worn off.

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

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Care of Mouth After Trauma

  • Please keep the traumatized area as clean as possible. A soft wash cloth often works well during the healing to aid the process.
  • Ice should be administered during the first 24 hours to keep the swelling at a minimum. If the swelling should re-occur, our office needs to see the patient as soon as possible.
  • Maintain a soft diet for two or three days, or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again.
  • Avoid sweets and foods that are extremely hot or cold.
  • Watch for infection (gum boil) in the area of trauma. If infection is noticed, call the office so the patient can be seen as soon as possible.
  • Watch for darkening of traumatized teeth. This could be an indication of a dying nerve (pulp).
  • If antibiotics or pain medication are prescribed, be sure to follow the prescription as directed.

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

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Care of the Mouth After Extractions

  • Do not scratch, chew, suck or rub the lips, tongue or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. Your child should be watched closely so he/she does not injure his/her lip, tongue or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
  • Keep fingers away from the extraction area.
  • Do not rinse the mouth for several hours.
  • Do not spit excessively.
  • Do not drink a carbonated beverage for the remainder of the day.
  • Do not drink through a straw.
  • Avoid the use of pacifiers and bottles.

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

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Care of Mouth After Fillings and Crowns

  • Do not scratch, chew, suck or rub the lips, tongue or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. Your child should be watched closely so he/she does not injure his/her lip, tongue or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
  • Nothing solid to eat for two hours after the appointment; liquids are OK to drink.
  • No flossing today where the filling is located.
  • Your child may brush their teeth this evening.
  • If a crown was placed do not allow your child to eat sticky, chewy candy from now on (bubble gum, Laffy Taffy, Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit Snacks, Jolly Ranchers, Now & Later, Airheads, Tootsie Roll, suckers, etc). Sugar-free gum can be chewed.
  • If the crown should come off, keep the crown and call our office to schedule an appointment to re-cement the crown.

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

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Care of Space Maintainer

  • A space maintainer was placed and cemented to your child’s molar. It will stay in place until there is evidence of the permanent tooth erupting. At that time we will use a special tool to remove it.
  • Do not allow your child to eat sticky, chewy candy from now on (bubble gum, Laffy Taffy, Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit Snacks, Jolly Ranchers, Now & Later, Airheads, Tootsie Roll, suckers, etc). Sugar-free gum can be chewed.
  • If the space maintainer should come off, keep it and call our office to schedule an appointment to re-cement the space maintainer.

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

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Care of Sealants

By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since the sealant will only bond to the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered. In order to help insure the life of the sealant, we ask that your child follow these instructions:

  • Do not chew ice cubes. Finely chopped ice is fine, but the cubes can cause the sealant to chip or come off the tooth/teeth.
  • Do not allow your child to eat sticky, chewy candy from now on (bubble gum, Laffy Taffy, Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit Snacks, Jolly Ranchers, Now & Later, Airheads, Tootsie Roll, suckers, etc). Sugar-free gum can be chewed.

The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. A total prevention program includes regular visits to the dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the number of times sugary foods are eaten. If these measures are followed and sealants are used on your child’s teeth, the risk of decay can be greatly reduced or may even be eliminated.

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

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Oral Discomfort After a Cleaning

A thorough cleaning unavoidably produces some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. This is not due to a “rough cleaning” but, to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend the following for two or three days after the cleaning is performed:

  • A warm salt-water rinse 2-3 times per day (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).
  • Children’s Tylenol or Motrin as directed by the age of the child.

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

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