The following information for post-operative care is given to aid your child after their dental care.
Sealants are placed on the teeth without the use of local anesthesia; however your child may feel his/her teeth do not fit together properly for a few hours. Crunching ice, eating sticky foods such as candy or gum should be avoided because it might dislodge the sealant. Sealants typically last 3-5 years. We will check the sealants every 6 months.
Restorations requiring local anesthesia: (examples include fillings and crowns) local anesthesia was used to complete your child’s treatment today. The lips and tongue may be numb. Because your child may not be able to control their tongue, it is best if your child does not chew food until the anesthetic has worn off (about 2-3 hours). Soft foods, which do not require chewing such as milkshakes or soups, are suggested to avoid biting the tongue. Children tend to pinch their numb tongue and lips so watch your child carefully to stop this behavior to prevent soreness.
It is important to permit a strong clot to form at the site of the extraction. For this reason, carbonated beverages should be avoided for 24 hours and drinks should not be taken through a straw. If spitting is necessary, it should not be done forcefully. Soft foods are recommended for 24 hours. If the child has an activity on the day of an extraction (sports and dance) they should be able to participate, but could aggravate the extraction site and cause recurrent bleeding. Adding pressure with gauze will be effective to stop the bleeding.
Dental Swelling and Pain
Mild swelling and some discomfort are normal occurrences following extractions and some restorations. The gum tissue may be sore and some inflammation could be expected. Children’s Tylenol or Advil (ibuprofen) should relieve any minor discomfort.Back to Dental Topics
Dr. Shane Fisher
Dr. Shane Fisher, a board certified pediatric dentist, has over 15 years of providing comprehensive dental care for infants, children and teenagers. He has consistently received 5 star ratings throughout social media. He has patients that travel from all over the metropolitan area including Mequon, Whitefish Bay, Thiensville, River Hills, Fox Point, Glendale and other northern Milwaukee suburbs.
If you would like for your child to have a great experience at a pediatric dentist, please call Dr. Shane A. Fisher at The Kids Dentist 262-241-0400 or complete an online appointment request.