Teeth R Us Children’s Dentistry

Post-op Care After Fillings

  • Closely monitor your child for the next 2 hours after the procedure.
  • Keep your child on a soft or liquid diet until the local anesthesia has completely worn off.
  • If the procedure was performed on the lower jaw, your child’s tongue, teeth, lip, and the surrounding area may experience numbness or loss of sensation.
  • If the procedure was done on the upper jaw, the teeth, lip, and surrounding tissue may also feel numb or unresponsive.
  • Avoid hot or cold foods and drinks that may irritate the treated area.
  • Encourage your child to avoid biting or chewing on the treated side.
  • If you notice any swelling or discomfort, apply a cold compress to the affected area.
  • Encourage your child to rinse their mouth with warm salt water to help reduce any swelling or discomfort.
  • Contact the dental office if you notice any signs of infection or severe pain.

Post-op Care After Extractions

  • Avoid actions that could injure the lips, tongue, or cheek when they are numb or asleep (scratching, chewing, sucking, rubbing)
  • Closely monitor the child to prevent injury
  • Avoid rinsing the mouth for several hours
  • Limit excessive spitting
  • Avoid carbonated drinks (Coke, Sprite, etc.) for the rest of the day
  • Do not drink through a straw
  • Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area to ensure proper healing