Post-op Instructions

Please adhere to the following instructions to ensure a quick and successful recovery.

Sealants

  • Do not chew ice cubes; this can cause the sealant to chip.
  • Do not eat hard, sticky or chewy candy like Jolly Ranchers, caramel and Fruit Roll-Ups.  Sugarless gum is acceptable.
  • The sealant will protect the chewing surface of the tooth, but good brushing and flossing is necessary to protect the sides of the teeth.

Composite Resin Fillings (White Fillings)

  • Sticky foods and biting into hard food should be avoided so these fillings are not “pulled out.”
  • Good oral hygiene and brushing will protect the tooth from getting decay around the filling.

Amalgam Fillings 

  • Sensitivity may occur for a few days or several weeks, but this usually goes away with time.

Stainless Steel Crowns

  • To avoid the cost and time of replacement, avoid sticky foods such as hard candy, caramel and taffy.
  • Crowned teeth will usually fall out when the permanent tooth is ready to come in.

Pulpotomy

  • Success of a pulpotomy depends on the severity of the dental infection and the body’s reaction to the infection and pulp treatment.
  • If the pulpotomy is not performed, or the nerve treatment fails and the tooth abscesses, the tooth must be extracted.
  • In the event the tooth is extracted, a space maintainer will need to be placed to hold a space for the permanent tooth.
  • A tooth may abscess with or without pain, therefore, it is recommended that regular six month check-ups be made in order to keep the tooth under constant observation.

Local Anesthetic

  • Numbness may last 2-4 hours after treatment, affecting the cheeks, lips and tongue; make sure that your child does not bite, suck or chew his/her lips, tongue or cheek.  Such self-inflated bites typically look bad but rarely get infected.
  • Please keep your child on a liquid diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
  • When the numbness or “bubbles” wear off, there is a 10-15 minute transitional period of increased tingling, which often stimulates a “panic” reaction in young children.
  • Reassure your child that the tingling will go away soon and if needed give Children’s Tylenol or Children’s Motrin (as the package directs).

Extractions

  • Avoid carbonated beverages (soda), hot foods or drinks and snack chips for 24 hours.
  • Avoid drinking from a straw for 24 hours after treatment.
  •  No vigorous rinsing for 24 hours.
  • To control minimal bleeding, have your child bite on a sterile gauze using light pressure for a few minutes.
  • If minor swelling or pain occurs, apply an ice pack to the area (15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for one hour).  If swelling or pain persists, please call the office promptly.
  • For discomfort, give Children’s Tylenol or Children’s Motrin liquid or pills (no chewable), as the package directs.
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