Dental treatment is usually straightforward. Even though the patient may have a sensation of discomfort following treatment completion, you shouldn’t expect any significant complications when you come to us for treatment. Some of the most common concerns are feeling pain or swelling after your kid visited the dentist.

We will be sharing some quick remedies for any inconveniences following treatment, but you should know that your kid should not feel any sharp pain.

LOCAL ANESTHESIA

As a post Treatment Care in Katy, we recommend you don’t touch, pull, suck, or chew on the numb areas. Usually, dental health professionals have to numb the mouth’s interior, the lips, and cheeks during and after the required procedure. Avoid eating for at least two hours after you leave the doctor’s practice. If you are extremely hungry, you can try getting soft foods and liquids, but please avoid hard foods that require heavy chewing or pulling with your teeth. Young children who are not familiar with anesthesia will usually report feeling pain, but this is mostly due to the tingly feeling/ballooning effect after being numbed with anesthesia.

Post Treatments in Katy, TX

DISCOMFORT

One of the most common sensations following dental treatment is discomfort. If your child complains of discomfort after the dental appointment, feel free to give your child over-the-counter painkillers like Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) by weight recommendations on the bottle only if your child can tolerate this medication. Otherwise, Tylenol is an acceptable alternative. It may take up to an hour for the discomfort to go away after taking the medication. If discomfort is severe or persists, call our office, and a pediatric dentist in Katy will get a notification to send additional information to help your child.

TOOTH FILLING AFTERCARE OR CROWNS

These restorative procedures are simple. If your child has received fillings or crowns as part of their dental treatment following trauma or soft-tissue infections, you can expect them to mention they feel their lips numbed. Occasionally, children have gum sensitivity or redness after receiving white fillings or crowns. Consider using a Benadryl solution. Dab some on your child’s gums to help alleviate the sensitivity reaction. If necessary, applying the remedy for several days can make your child more comfortable.

parent and dentist teaching toddler how to brush

NERVE TREATMENTS

This treatment is particularly challenging because the patient will naturally feel more sensitive to any stimulus. If your child has had a nerve treatment, please review discomfort instructions, if necessary. Usually, children are more comfortable after nerve treatments than adults. Please remember to continue paying close attention to your child’s oral hygiene routine afterward because they may be unwilling to brush and floss as often due to the sensitivity. Make sure you help them by using softer toothbrushes or specialized toothpaste.

SEDATION

Your child’s balance will be off, so you should monitor all activity for the following six (6) hours. For this reason, we advise you not to send them back to school immediately, at least that should make them happy. If your child needs to carry on with any physical activity, please see that they do not require gross motor skills and hold their hand while walking to avoid stumbling or tripping. Watching movies, coloring, reading, being read to, etc., are good choices for activities. Do not allow your child to overexert themselves.

EXTRACTIONS

If your child has had a tooth, or several teeth, extracted, they will almost always mention they have numb lips. Avoid forceful spitting, use of straws, pacifiers, bottles, and drinking of carbonated or hot beverages as these cause prolonged bleeding or pain. Oozing may be expected for a day or two. We recommend you give them cooler soft foods as they help stop oozing, swelling, and pain.

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RETURNING TO NORMALITY

Once all is set and done with the patient’s dental treatment, parents may be wondering about the necessary rest and recovery for their children. Even if some of these procedures are more invasive than others, you shouldn’t expect a lengthy recovery period. However, you should exercise caution and help your child understand that they need to keep sufficient rest to heal correctly and renew their activities without any issues.

When can my child return to school after a tooth extraction?

You should pay close attention to your child’s recovery during the first two days following the extraction. Limit activities and help your child elevate their heads when they rest. If at all possible, have your child skip school during those initial days of the recovery process.

Fully recovering from tooth extraction, especially if it is a wisdom tooth, is a process that can take several weeks, but your child can gradually retake activities sooner than that. As always, please follow the directions given by the dental health professionals to minimize the risk of complications after the treatment ended.

How long does xylocaine last?

When you come for treatment, we may need to use a local anesthetic to block pain sensation while we work. You will begin to feel the effects almost immediately. However, even if you recover from the anesthetic effects after 2 or 3 hours, you may still feel the effects for up to 5 hours after the anesthetic’s initial application.

How long should a tooth hurt after a filling?

Your child may need over-the-counter medication to help with any sensation of pain. Tooth sensitivity may last up to anytime between 2 to 4 weeks. You should avoid acidic foods and drinks during this time. Switching to a more gentle toothbrush can help maintain good hygiene and minimize hurting the area.