general treatment information
If your child has received dental treatment, your dentist may have provided you with specific instructions for your child to follow. If you have any concerns that apply to your child's specific situation, please do not hesitate to call our office directly.
Some or all of the following procedures and associated instructions may be helpful and can be used for informational purposes only.
□ Fluoride Varnish/Desensitization
You may see a thin coating on teeth or feel a thin coating when rubbing the treated area with your tongue. Patients can eat or drink immediately after application. During the treatment period, patients should avoid eating hard or sticky foods, hot beverages, toothbrushing, and flossing. After the treatment period, the patient can remove the varnish by brushing and flossing or waiting for it to naturally wear away (within 24 hours).
□ Local Anesthetic
If local anesthetic ("numbing") was used to complete your child's dental care, avoid eating until all feeling has returned to the area. Be aware that scatching, sucking, or biting the numb area may cause significant injury to oral tissue. Avoid hot liquids while the area is numb. Numbness can last for several hours, and is different for every patient.
□ Composite (White) Fillings
There is no eating or drinking restriction after having white fillings unless local anesthetic was used. Flossing and brushing after filling placement is very important; teeth that have had cavities are more vulnerable to cavities even after the placement of a filling. The filling should not feel taller than the surrounding teeth after the numbness wears off. If this is not the case, please notify your dentist so that the filling can be adjusted. Sticky and hard candies can cause white fillings to chip or break. White fillings on the front teeth are vulnerable to fracture so please avoid biting into hard food directly- cut up harder food before eating.
□ Stainless Steel Crowns
There is no eating or drinking restriction after having stainless steel crowns unless local anesthetic was used. Brushing and flossing after crown placement is very important to maintain proper gum health. The crown may feel “different” the first several days after placement as the shape of the tooth will be different. Sticky and hard candies can cause the stainless steel crown to be loosened, so please avoid these foods. The roots of baby teeth with stainless steel crowns should still dissolve like a normal tooth and should “fall out” at their usual time.
Pulpotomy or pulpectomy treatments are intended to avoid the need for tooth extractions. After this treatment, the sensitivity or pain should resolve within a few days as the treatment area heals and responds to treatment. If the patient continues to have pain or wakes up at night, please call your dentist for further treatment. If your child experiences swelling or you see a “gum boil”, please call your dentist for immediate followup.
□ Prescription Medications
Your dentist may have prescribed a medication after your child's appointment. Please read the instructions and take exactly as prescribed. Do not take a medication if the patient is known to be allergic to its ingredients, and call your doctor right away. If your child develops signs of an allergic reaction such as itchiness, rash, or trouble breathing, stop taking the medication and call your doctor immediately. If you feel your child is having a true medical emergency, please call emergency medical services (i.e. 9-1-1). Prescriptions medication are only to be used by the person to which it is prescribed.
□ Oral Surgery (Tooth Removal)
Please see the oral surgery after care information by clicking here.
□ Moderate (Oral) Sedation
Please see the moderate sedation after care information by clicking here.