Post-Op Care


  • Watch for gum boils in area. If one should occur, we will need to see the child as soon as possible.
  • Watch for darkening of traumatized teeth. This could be an indication of a dying nerve.
  • If swelling occurs and gets better, then should re-occur, we would need to see the child quickly.
  • Keep the traumatized area extra clean. It will be a factor in the healing process. Use Glyoxide rinse if recommended.
  • Maintain a soft diet for 2-3 days or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to follow the prescription as directed.


  • Do not bite, suck or pinch the lips while they feel numb or stiff. Your child shoud be watched closely so that he does not chew on his lip before the anesthesia wears off. For this reason, your child should keep the piece of cotton in his mouth until the numbness is gone.
  • Do not drink any beverages containing carbonation for the remainder of the day of the extractions. Do not drink through a straw, sippy-cup or bottle.
  • Bleeding: Some bleeding following the tooth extraction is to be expected. If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place gauze firmly over the extraction site and bite down or hold it in place for 10 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • Pain: For discomfort use Children's Tylenol® or Children's Motrin® as directed for the age of the child.
  • Do not suck on thumb, fingers or pacifier for 24 hours


If the appliance is very loose and can be easily removed from mouth, take appliance out and place in a safe place. If slightly loose, leave in mouth. Call for an appointment to have appliance recemented as soon as possible.

If the adult teeth are starting to erupt where the prematurely lost baby was please make an appointment to have your child evaluated for the removal of the space maintainer.


It is normal for your child to have some soreness in the area they had treatment done. Children's Tylenol or Motrin should alleviate the pain. If your child is still having difficulties after a day or two, please call the office for a follow up appointment. If the pain is severe, not alleviated by pain medications, or swelling occurs please call as soon as possible to discuss the situation with the doctor.

If your child experiences swelling after treatment, it is likely due to lip biting in the anesthetized area. However, if you do not see teeth marks in the area and the swelling is increasing please call the office as soon as possible.

Occasionally children will bite themselves in the area they were anesthetized without realizing it. The area can become quite swollen and painful. Your child will need to remain on a soft diet until the area heals to avoid re-injuring themselves. Give Children's Motrin/Tylenol as needed for the pain.


Your child has had a local anesthetic for the required dental treatment.

  • If dentistry has been completed on the lower jaw, the lip, tongue and surrounding tissues will be numb and asleep.
  • If dentistry has been completed on the upper jaw, the lip, teeth and surrounding tissues will be numb and asleep.
  • Children do not always understand the effects of local anesthetic and may sometimes chew, suck or pinch their numb lip, tongue or cheek. Although this is not a serious thing, it is uncomfortable. We ask that you watch your child very closely for approximately 2 hours following the appointment.
  • You are requested to keep your child on a liquid diet until the anesthetic has worn off.