Sometimes dental treatment requires post-operation care. At this time, it’s important to take good care of the treated site so your child doesn’t experience any complications. So to help you care for your child’s smile after dental treatment in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Carla LaLande and our dental team are happy to give you post-op instructions.
For a Dental Filling
If your child’s mouth was numbed during the appointment, the lips, tongue, and cheek may be numb for several hours. It’s important for your child to avoid chewing and hot beverages until they get complete feeling in their mouth. This is important because kids can easily bite their lips and cheeks while being numb.
If your child feels any discomfort, like sensitivity or soreness, they can take over-the-counter Motrin or Tylenol. If your child restored their tooth with an amalgam filling, it’s best to have them avoid chewing with that tooth for the next 8 hours. If they restored their tooth with a tooth-colored filling, they can use the tooth once the numbness has worn off.
For an Extracted Tooth
After extracting a tooth, it’s important to clot the bleeding. You can do so by placing a gauze pad on the extraction site and having your child bite down on it for 30-45 minutes. Once the time is up, throw the pad away and replace it with a new pad until the bleeding subsides.
After the blood clot forms, your child should not disturb it. This means they need to avoid rinsing vigorously or sucking on straws. They also need to avoid chewing on hard and sticky foods. These things will dislodge the clot and alter the healing process. It’s also recommended to have your child avoid strenuous activities for the next 24 hours.
If your child feels discomfort in the area, you can ice the area with an ice pack or a bag of peas. You can also give them the prescribed medications Dr. Carla LaLande recommended. If the medication fails to work, please call our office. If your child has been given antibiotics, make sure they finish the medication even if they do not feel pain or if the signs of infection are gone.
Continue with the brushing and flossing routines 24 hours after treatment. Your child should be able to return to normal activities after a few days. If they experience severe pain and swelling for 2-3 days, or if they have a reaction to the medication, make sure you call our office at 702-254-8858 immediately.
For a Fluoride Treatment
To take full advantage of the fluoride treatment we offer at our office, it’s important to keep your child from eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment. It’s also best to avoid milk products for the rest of the day because the calcium will bind to the fluoride and decrease its bio-availability.
For a Space Maintainer
Your child can resume normal activity an hour following the treatment. When the permanent tooth is trying to erupt, you will see a white cusp through the gum tissue. At this point, call our office for an appointment to remove the space maintainer. If your child experiences problems with the maintainer, you can always schedule an appointment.
For Pulp Therapy
Because your dentist will use a local anesthetic during treatment, your child’s lips, tongue, and cheek will be numb for several hours. Make sure your child doesn’t chew on the affected side of the mouth until the numbness is gone. This could be a couple hours. If your child experiences pain and discomfort, you can give them the prescribed pain reliever and antibiotics.