Dental Restoration Home Care
Dental Restoration may involve one or more of the following:
- Extractions (removal of teeth)
- Capping (crowning)
- Root Canals
What to expect after dental work:
- Blood-tinged saliva or minor oozing for a period of one to three days.
- Mild discomfort for as long as 7-10 days.
- Swelling around the lips, gums, tongue and mouth.
- Your child may be sensitive to hot and cold fluids.
- Your child's mouth may be numb (if injected with Novocaine®/Xylocaine®)
Special care notes:
- Well-balanced meals help with healing. Begin with cool, soft foods for the first 24 hours. Then advance to warm or cold soft foods for the next 24 hours. When your child feels better he/she can have a normal diet.
- Avoid using a straw if your child has had extractions. It may increase the chance of bleeding. Spitting and smoking are also not allowed for 24 hours.
- If teeth have been removed, brush gently avoiding areas of extractions. Brushing is needed to help with proper healing.
- A small amount of bleeding can be controlled by placing a soft cloth or tissue on the gum.
- Non-aspirin pain reliever may be given for discomfort.
When to call your child's doctor:
- Bleeding lasts longer than 40-60 minutes of applying gentle pressure.
- Your child's pain or discomfort is not relieved by a non-aspirin pain reliever.
- Your child's temperature is greater than 101.5° rectally or by mouth. You should take your child’s temperature at least once before bedtime that first night after the surgery.
- Your child has vomiting that lasts more than 6 hours or if the vomiting is severe. Your child can become dehydrated when he/she has prolonged or severe vomiting and is not able to drink enough fluid to keep up with the loss. The signs of dehydration are:
- Dry mouth
- Sunken look around eyes
- No tears when crying
- Decreased amount of urine, which means fewer wet diapers than usual in an infant/toddler
If you have any questions or concerns call your health care provider.
This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.