Home Care Following Tooth Removal
Complications are extremely rare following the removal of teeth in children. Here are some recommendations regarding the care of your child after dental surgery.
- Bleeding: Minor bleeding is expected today. Your child should bite firmly in the gauze pads provided, for approximately 1 hour. The pads may be changed as often as every 15 minutes or one hour. For persistent bleeding, it is sometimes helpful to bite on one moist tea bag for 30 minutes.
- Discomfort and pain: Only minor discomfort is expected after tooth removal. Medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen should help control discomfort.
- Diet: Soft foods should be given for 24 hours. AVOID HOT OR WARM FOOD OR LIQUID AS THIS CAN CAUSE SWELLING. Drinking through a straw and chewing hard or tough foods are also discouraged.
- Exercise: Strenuous physical exercise should be avoided today.
- Oral Hygiene: Continue normal tooth brushing of all teeth, except near the extraction site. Resume normal brushing of all teeth within 2-3 days. Avoid spitting or vigorous mouth rinsing for a couple of days to allow the initial healing of the tooth socket.
General Post Operative Instructions
Please remember that your child will be experiencing numbness for the next few hours. Be sure to keep the cotton rolls or gauze between their teeth where applied to prevent biting or sucking of the cheek or lip.
- Discomfort and pain: Only minor discomfort may occur and can be treated with medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen as needed.
- Diet: Soft foods are recommended for the first 24 hours after treatment. Nothing too hot or too cold in the first few hours.
- Exercise: No restrictions on activity.
- Oral Hygiene: Normal brushing and flossing are recommended.
First Aid for Dental Emergencies
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and see a dentist as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket and have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. SEE A DENTIST IMMEDIATELY! Time is a crucial factor in saving the tooth.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once. If bleeding persists, see a dentist.
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations provide relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to have a dental evaluation if these sores persist.