Instructions Following Dental Procedures

Aftercare for Fillings

Some tooth and gum tissue manipulation was necessary to perform the procedure and may result in sensitivity or discomfort. Should this occur, you may give your child Children’s Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed for the age and weight of your child. If sensitivity or discomfort continues for more than 24 hours, please contact our office.

Aftercare for Sealants

Sealants can last several years. But they need to be checked at regular dental check-ups, once every six months, to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. The dentist/hygienist can repair sealants by adding more sealant material. Our office does not charge for re-seals if you are receiving your check-ups every six months as recommended. You do not have to avoid any type of foods because of the sealants. You must continue to brush regularly. Sealants will help prevent cavities by covering the chewing surface of the molar, because of the deep grooves and pits it is the most common place to get decay.

Aftercare for Extracted Teeth

1. The Anesthesia used generally last up to two hours. Because the child may bite his/herself, you do not want the child eating especially unsupervised, until the numbness wears off.

2. If your child does bite his/herself DO NOT APPLY ORAJEL or ANBESOL to the bite mark, it will hurt the child more then help. Instead you may want to give your child an ice cube or an ice pop to relieve the swelling. There is nothing more that can be done.

3. There may be some soreness of the gum tissue around the extraction area. You may wish to give your child something to relieve the discomfort such as Tylenol, Motrin or Advil—BEFORE THE NUMBNESS WEARS OFF.

4. You will be given extra gauze for the bleeding, change the gauze every fifteen minutes or until the bleeding stops.

5. As always brush as usual and continue with regular check ups every six months.

Post Operative Instructions For Crowns

1. Anesthesia generally lasts up to 2 hours; it may last as long as 4 hours, do not be alarmed. Because the child is numb, he or she may bite their lip. Try to watch your child very closely during this time. Do not eat until numbness wears off.

2. If your child does their lip or cheek, have them suck on ice or an ice pop to help the swelling.

3. There may be some soreness around the tooth that was worked on. You may wish to give your child something for the discomfort, such as Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil, before the numbness wears off.

4. If your child was on an antibiotic before the procedure, then finish the rest of the antibiotic.

5. Please avoid giving your child sticky candies such as gummy bears, tootsie rolls or fruit roll ups. They can pull the cap off, if cap does fall off for any reason, please try to save it and bring it back to the office. We will put it back on.

6. After the numbness wears off continue brushing twice a day as normal.

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