After Care Instructions

General Questions | After Care Instructions | Operating Room


Your child’s tooth, and sometimes cheek and tongue, will normally be numb for at least 2 hours. It is important to supervise your child so he or she does not irritate (e.g. scratch or bite) the affected area.


Your child should continue to bite down on the cotton he or she is given after an extraction for 25 minutes after leaving the office.

Your child’s gums will be sore around the area where the tooth was removed. Minor bleeding is normal during the days following the extraction, as the affected area begins to heal.

Your child should not drink with a straw for the next few days following an extraction. In addition, your child should maintain a soft diet until the affected area heals and your child experiences no pain while eating.

Fillings and Crowns:

Some restorations go under the gums, which can cause discomfort. Within a few days, the gums will heal. It is important to softly brush around the new fillings and/or crowns in order to ensure proper healing.


Sometimes your child will need a deep cleaning that goes under the gums. In this instance, your child may experience mild discomfort after the cleaning. Until the discomfort stops, we recommend that your child rinse the affected area with warm salt water 2 to 3 times a day.

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