After having a tooth extracted, your child will be numb for 2-3 hours. Please be aware that this numbness feels funny to your child. He/she may chew, bite, suck, or rub the cheek or area that is numb. Please do not allow them to do this as they may cause injury or discomfort to their cheek.
Do not allow the child to eat until the numbness wears off. A self-inflicted bite injury is the most common post-op complication, please keep an eye on your child!
Your child is biting on a piece of gauze. We will send you home with extra. Please make sure your child is biting on this gauze to apply constant pressure to the extraction site, this will slow the bleeding and eventually stop it. Please change the gauze when the piece your child is biting on becomes saturated. Remove the old piece and discard, take a clean piece and fold it into quarters and place into the spot where the tooth was removed. When you take out gauze when that looks fairly clean (very little blood) you should stop using the gauze. If bleeding persists for longer that 3-4 hours please call our office for further instructions.
Please do not allow your child to use a straw for the rest of today. The suction can possibly dislodge the clot that has formed in the extraction site.
When you get home please give your child a pain reliever such as children’s Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed, before the numbness wears off to keep your child from experiencing any discomfort.
Your child should eat only soft, bland food for the first couple days-nothing sharp, crunchy or too hot or cold because the area may be sensitive. Encourage plenty of liquids (Water, soups, juices, etc.)
A clean mouth heals faster. Gentle brushing around the extraction site can be started this evening.