Post-Op Care

At Children's Dentistry of Cherry Creek, we want to ensure that you and your child feel educated and supported through every step of their restorative treatment. We have included some post-op information on this page, but should you have any questions, one of our friendly staff is always available to help.

If Your Child Had Treatment with a Local Anesthetic

It is possible that the tongue, teeth, lips, and surrounding tissue will remain numb after you leave our office. Be sure to keep a close eye on your child and make sure that they do not play with, chew, or scratch the numb area. These actions can cause minor irritations, or they can be severe enough to cause swelling or abrasions to the tissue. We recommend a soft or liquid diet until the anesthetic has worn off.

If Your Child Had Preventive Sealants Done

They can eat or drink right away. There should be no discomfort; if your child feels like their bite is off or chewing is uncomfortable, please call our office.

If Your Child Had a Topical Application of Fluoride

They can eat or drink right away; however, we recommend avoiding anything boiling hot for a minimum of two hours after application.

If Your Child Had One or More Teeth Extracted

We recommend that the gauze stays in place with biting pressure for about 30 minutes. This will reduce the amount of bleeding. It is okay to give your child the appropriate dosage of Motrin when you take the gauze out (no aspirin). Your child should only feel discomfort for 12-24 hours; if discomfort persists after 48 hours (about 2 days), please give our office a call. We recommend that your child have a soft diet for the first couple of days. We do not recommend drinking from a sippy cup or a straw for the first few hours as this will encourage bleeding. We recommend gentle brushing around the extraction site along with saltwater rinses (1/4 teaspoon to a glass of water) to aid with discomfort. Swelling after an extraction is common and should not cause alarm; ice packs are recommended.

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