What you should know

Numbness: The mouth will be numb approximately two to four hours. Watch to see that your child does not bite, scratch, or injure the cheek, lips, or tongue during this time.

Bleeding: Slight bleeding around the tooth with the filling may occur today. If the gums are irritated, your child can rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt with one cup of water) after eating.

Daily Activities: Your child can resume normal activities upon tolerated today

Diet: While your child is still numb, encourage a soft diet that does not require chewing in the area that is numb (e.g. yogurt, smoothies, soup). After the numbness wears off, your child can resume a normal diet as tolerated.

Oral Hygiene: Your child should resume normal brushing tonight. Bleeding around the tooth with the white filling may be present. This will subside after keeping the area clean through good oral hygiene

Pain Management: Some children may experience discomfort after dental treatment. You may give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Do NOT give aspirin to your child. Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight. Tylenol can be given every 4-6 hours and ibuprofen can be given every 6-8 hours.

Please watch for

Swelling: slight swelling and inflammation around the treated tooth may occur for the next two days. If swelling occurs after 48 hours, call our office.

Pain: slight discomfort may occur for the next two days. If the pain becomes severe or lasts more than two days, call our office.