Fillings and Crowns
Your child will be numb for 2-3 hours. Please be aware that this numbness feels funny to your child and they may even complain of discomfort. He/She may chew, bite, suck, or rub the area that is numb. Please do not allow your child to do this as it will cause injury or discomfort after the numbness wears off. A self-inflicted bite injury is the most common post-op complication. Please keep an eye on your child!
If your child does bite/chew his/her cheek, it may swell and you may notice a white area on the inside cheek or tongue area. These white areas are oral scabs. There is no treatment for this other than to allow this area to heal on it’s own. This may take 5-7 days. Children’s pain reliever or a topical numbing spray may help with the discomfort.
We will send extra cotton rolls/ “tooth pillows” home for your child to bite on. These will help to keep him/her from biting their cheek. Please try to have your child bite on the cotton rolls until their numbness has gone away. When the cotton becomes soaked with saliva you may replace with a dry one.
If your child shows signs of pain or discomfort, you may choose to administer an over-the-counter children’s pain reliever such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed on the bottle.
If your child received a stainless steel crown/ “silver cap” be aware that the gum tissue around the crown may be sore or inflamed. Keep this area clean with normal brushing and flossing to avoid further inflammation.
Helping your child to take care of their dental work is important. Your child should avoid sticky candies, a few examples of such candies include Now and Laters, Tootsie Rolls, Carmel, Laffy Taffy, Milk Duds, Sugar Daddies, Gummi Bears, Bit O Honey and Jolly Ranchers. Also gums containing sugar should be avoided.