After sealants have been placed, your child may say it “feels different when they bite down.” This is expected after sealant placement. After 1-2 days of eating, the excess sealant material will wear away, and your child’s bite will feel normal again. To help ensure longevity of the sealant, avoid chewing ice and hard foods (I.e. suckers). Sugarless gum is acceptable. The sealant will help protect the chewing surface of the tooth, but good brushing and flossing is needed to protect the sides of and in between the teeth.
Typically, the numb feeling from local anesthetics may last 1-3 hours after treatment. This can affect the cheeks, lips, and tongue, depending on where the local anesthetic was administered. The numbness may be an unusual sensation for a child, so care and monitoring must be taken so that your child does not bite, chew or excessively push/pinch his/her cheek, lips, or tongue. Please keep your child on a liquid diet and avoid eating until the anesthetic has worn off.
Composite Resin Fillings (White Fillings):
After restoring a tooth with a resin filling, it is not uncommon to have some tooth and gum sensitivity post-operatively.
Tooth sensitivity is more common in permanent teeth versus baby teeth. However, this sensitivity will usually subside after a few weeks. The severity of the dental decay and the body's reaction to the bacterial insult could potentially cause the tooth to become symptomatic (discomfort) and or/abscess (infection). If an abscess develops on a baby tooth, the tooth will need to be extracted. If the infection occurs on a permanent tooth, it may require a root canal. Maintaining good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) as well as limiting sugars in your diet will protect the tooth from developing further decay around the filling.
The gums around the filled tooth might be slightly irritated as well. Take the recommended dosage of Tylenol or Advil to minimize this discomfort.
After treatment with a pulpotomy on a baby tooth, some minor soreness may occur. Take the recommended dosage of Advil or Tylenol (if not allergic) to minimize this discomfort. The success of a pulpotomy (removal of a portion of the affected nerve) depends on the severity of the dental decay and the body's reaction to the bacterial insult and pulp treatment. Literature states that a small percentage of teeth will abscess after treatment with a crown and/or pulpotomy. An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth. An abscessed tooth may present with or without pain, and with or without swelling of the gum tissue around the tooth. If an abscess occurs, please return to our office, as the baby tooth will require extraction. It is recommended that regular six (6) month check-ups be maintained in order to evaluate the tooth.
Avoid eating for the first hour to allow the cement to fully set and help minimize the chance of the crown coming off. After treatment with a crown, some minor soreness may occur, especially around the gums. Take the recommended dosage of Advil or Tylenol (if not allergic) to alleviate this discomfort. Literature states that a small percentage of teeth may abscess even after treatment with a crown due to the bacterial insult on the tooth. An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth. An abscessed tooth may present with or without pain, and with or without swelling of the gum tissue around the tooth. If an abscess occurs, please return to our office for evaluation and treatment options. It is recommended that regular six (6) month check-ups be maintained in order to evaluate the tooth. It is not uncommon for a crown to come loose off of a tooth. If this should occur, please return to our office so that the crown can be recemented. Avoiding sticky foods and candies will help prevent the crown from coming loose.
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Dental Post-Op Instructions