Instructions for Care Following Extractions
Keep gauze sponges held firmly between the teeth in the extraction site for one hour. If excessive bleeding continues, or if you are concerned, please call the office. When the anesthesia wears off, you may experience more bleeding. This is normal. Have your child bite on another piece of gauze.
2. Cleanliness and Brushing
Do not attempt to rinse your child’s mouth for six hours. Brushing is desirable as long as it is not close to the extraction site.
Take all medications ordered by the dentist. Most younger children who undergo extractions of baby teeth develop only minor discomfort. Motrin is often adequate. If your child’s permanent teeth were extracted, stronger pain medication may be required. Call the office for a prescription.
Usually a soft diet is needed for one to two days. Do not allow your child to drink through a straw for at least two days and please be careful to avoid anything with seeds, nuts or berries for a couple of days to allow the socket to heal properly.