What to Do After Local Anesthesia
- When anesthetic is applied to the lower jaw, your child’s lip, tongue, teeth, and surrounding gums will feel numb for a few hours after the visit.
- When anesthetic is applied to the upper jaw, your child’s lip, teeth, and surrounding gums will feel numb for a few hours after the visit.
- The lack of feeling that anesthetic causes is new and interesting to a younger child. He may probe, suck, scratch, or chew with the numb area without understanding what has happened. Discourage your child from bothering the numb area, as it can cause irritation, swelling, and abrasions to the oral tissue.
- Keep a close eye on your child for two or three hours after the appointment. Let them have liquids and very soft foods until you are sure the anesthesia has worn off. If she eats harder foods while her mouth is still numb, she may unknowingly bite down her cheeks, lip, or tongue.
- Call our office in Chandler if you have any questions or concerns.
What to Do After Trauma
- Clean the area. Rinse with salt water or keep a soft wash cloth over it.
- Keep an eye on the hurt teeth. If they get darker, it is an sign that the nerve is dying.
- Call the office if the area swells more. We’ll need to see the patient quickly. Keep ice on it as long as your child will tolerate it during the initial 24 hours after trauma occurs.
- Infection can show up as a raised area, or boil in the gum near the injured area. Call the office so we can treat it immediately.
- Serve soft foods for a few days to help keep the teeth stable.
- Steer clear of very hot or very cold foods and sweets as they can make sensitive teeth hurt.
- Take any prescribed medicines as directed. If the dentist prescribes an antibiotic, take all of it!
- Call our office in Chandler if you have any concerns about your child’s treatment.
What to Do After Having a Tooth Removed
- Discourage your child from bothering the numb area. Chewing, rubbing, or probing can injure the tongue, cheek, or lip.
- Avoid rinsing and spitting for the rest of the day.
- Refrain from consuming Coke, Sprite, and other carbonated drinks for the rest of the day.
- Drink from the glass or cup, not through a straw.
- Don’t touch the gum area with fingers or tongue.
- Bleeding is normal, but if it doesn’t slow or stop, put cotton gauze on the site and have your child bite down. If you don’t have cotton gauze, a tea bag will work well.
- Serve soft foods for a few days. Your child will let you know when they feel like eating normally again.
- Take it easy. No physical activity or exercise for the rest of the day!
- If your child is experiencing pain or discomfort, use the appropriate dosage of Children’s Strength pain relievers. Follow directions on the bottle for any prescriptions.
- Call our Chandler office if you have any questions about the recovery.
Care of Sealants
Sealants provide a barrier between a tooth and decay. They are only applied to the tooth’s bite surface to keep out food and the resulting plaque. Excellent oral hygiene is important to keep the sealed area and surrounding teeth clean. Very sticky substances like candy can pull the sealant off. While having a sealant treatment can help prevent tooth decay, it is still important to limit sugar intake, brush, floss, and keep regular dental appointments.
Discomfort After a Cleaning
It is not unusual for a child to experience tenderness, discomfort, swelling, or even bleeding after a dental cleaning. This doesn’t mean that the hygienist was rough. Children are still learning how to care for their teeth, but don’t always do a good job. The discomfort experienced after a dental appointment is usually due to inflamed gums from poor oral hygiene.
For a few days, we recommend:
- Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water 2-3 times daily. Use 1 tsp salt to 1 cup warm water.
- Use Children’s Strength pain relievers as directed by the bottle.
- If the discomfort continues for longer than seven days, contact our office for an appointment.
If your child is anxious and you feel it is appropriate, we can arrange sedation for the treatment so your little one will be comfortable and relaxed.