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Postoperative Dental Care Instructions for Kids – Kaufman, TX

Useful Information for Parents

Whether your child recently completed a treatment as simple as dental sealants or they just finished a tooth extraction, it is essential that they know the best postoperative dental care instructions for kids in Kaufman. We’ll go over all of the most important steps to take following their treatment, however, you can also learn about them in more detail on our website. If you have questions regarding your child’s postoperative care, don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit our dental office.

Dental Sealants and Composite Fillings

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Sealants are placed on the teeth without the use of local anesthesia; however, your child may feel that his/her teeth do not fit together properly for a few hours.

Crunching ice should be avoided because it may dislodge the sealant.

Stainless Steel Dental Crowns

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Your child’s tooth has been covered with a stainless-steel crown. This crown is shaped to fit the tooth and cover it completely, strengthening the tooth. Because the crown fits just below the gum line, your child may experience tenderness around the crown for a day or so. Children’s Tylenol is helpful in relieving this temporary discomfort. Your child should keep the area along the gum line clean. He/she may need help with brushing for 2-3 days. The crown should be brushed and flossed just like the rest of the teeth. Your child should avoid sticky, chewy candy (Jolly Ranchers, Now or Later’s, Starbursts, etc.); because they may pull the stainless-steel crown off.

Tooth Extractions

Little girl with missing front teeth

It is important to permit a strong clot to form at the site of the extraction. For this reason, carbonated beverages (Coca Cola, etc.) should be avoided for 24 hours. To prevent dislodging the clot, do not drink through a straw and do not rinse or use mouth wash for at least 24 hours. If spitting is necessary, it should not be done forcefully. You should avoid brushing in the area for the remainder of the day. We will keep your child in the clinic until the bleeding has stopped. If it starts again after he/she leaves the clinic, gentle biting on gauze should stop the bleeding. We are sending some gauze with you in case you need it. Your child should only have soft foods for today. Some examples are yogurt, ice cream or Popsicle.

Dental Procedures Requiring Dental Anesthesia

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Local anesthesia was used to complete your child’s dental treatment today. Lips and tongue may be affected. Because your child may not be able to control his/her lip/tongue, he/she shouldn’t chew while the area is numb. Your child can drink or eat soft foods (milkshake, ice cream, warm soup, Jell-O, etc.) Before the anesthesia has worn off. This usually takes 3-4 hours. Children tend to bite the affected lip or tongue, watch your child and stop this behavior to prevent a painful injury.

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