- Following treatment, your child's teeth, tongue, lips, and cheeks may be numb for an additional 2-3 hours.
- Please watch him/her, as children often find this sensation unusual and may bite or play with the area leading to discomfort when the anesthesia has worn off. If you are taking your child back to school or daycare, please inform his/her teacher or caretaker.
- Stick to liquids and soft foods until the numbness is gone to avoid injury.
Fillings, Crowns, and Nerve Treatments
- Sensitivity/soreness of the teeth and gums is normal for 2-3 days after treatment.
- Medications such as Tylenol or Motrin, as long as the child is permitted to take this medication based on his/her individual health history, are usually able to adequately control any discomfort.
- Your child can eat/drink immediately after treatment. Please stick to liquids and soft foods if he/she is numb.
- Bleeding: Minor bleeding or oozing from the extraction site may occur. Should bleeding continue, place one of the gauze pads provided over the wound and have your child bite with firm pressure for 10 to 15 minutes. For the first night, you may want to place a towel on your child's pillow to protect the pillow case from any oozing.
- Pain/Discomfort: Only minor discomfort is expected after tooth removal. Medications such as Tylenol or Motrin, as long as the child is permitted to take this medication based on his/her individual health history, are usually able to adequately control any discomfort.
- Diet: Please have your child avoid drinking through a straw, drinking carbonated beverages, or chewing coarse or spicy foods for the first 24 hours. To avoid dehydration, make sure your child continues to drink liquids, especially water.
- Exercise: Heavy, strenuous exercise should be avoided during the day of the extraction.
- Oral Hygiene: Your child should continue normal tooth brushing of all teeth except near the area of tooth removal. Normal brushing and flossing of all areas should resume within 2 to 3 days.
- Spitting should be avoided.
Please contact Dr. Lesley immediately if your child experiences prolonged fevers, vomiting, and/or facial swelling at 813-874-0111.