Local Anesthetic

  • Your child will be numb for about 1 to 4 hours.
  • Until the anesthesia wears, make sure your child does not bite or suck his/her tongue, cheek or lips. This can cause irritation and injury to the tissue.
  • Keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the numbness goes away.
  • Reassure your child that the “funny feeling” is normal and will go away within a few hours.

Fillings

  • If local anesthesia was used on your child, follow the steps above.
  • Avoid giving your child any sticky foods, hard candies and no chewing on ice to prevent the filling from breaking.
  • Avoid giving your child any dark foods or liquids as it may stain the new filling.
  • Avoid chewing on ice or any foreign objects (ex. pens, pencils, toys, etc.)
  • If the filling was done on the front teeth, avoid biting into hard foods such as apples and corn on the cob.
  • Be aware that your child may be sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure for a few weeks until it becomes “normal” again.
  • For any pain or discomfort, we recommend Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Crowns

  • If local anesthesia was used on your child, follow the steps above.
  • In order to place the crown correctly, work may have been done near the gumline; therefore, the gum tissue may appear to be bleeding or may be a purple/gray color. This is normal, and should begin to subside within 2 to 3 days.
  • Do not let your child pick at the crown.
  • Avoid giving your child any sticky foods, hard candies and no chewing on ice to prevent the crown from becoming loose (for the duration that your child has the crown).

Extractions

  • If local anesthesia was used on your child, follow the steps above.
  • Have your child bite on gauze for 15 to 20 minutes after the extraction.
  • Do not allow your child to:
    • Drink out of a straw for the rest of the day.
    • Drink carbonated beverages for the rest of the day.
    • Rinse his/her mouth for several hours.
    • Spit excessively for the rest of the day.
    • Eat hot foods for the rest of the day (warm foods are okay).
    • Participate in strenuous exercise or physical activity for several hours.
  • Allow your child to enjoy cold foods such as milkshakes and ice cream.
  • Stick to soft foods such as jello, pudding, mash potatoes, eggs, etc. (for about 2 days).
  • It is normal for some bleeding to occur. Simply place a gauze pad on the extraction area and either have your child bite down, or hold in place for about 15 minutes.

Sealants

  • Avoid giving your child any sticky foods or hard candies to prevent damage or removal of the sealant.

Space Maintainer

  • Avoid giving your child any sticky foods or hard candies to prevent the bands surrounding the teeth to loosen.