We offer the latest materials, techniques and equipment in pediatric dentistry.
Some of the Services We Provide:
- All aspects of Pediatric Dentistry
- Preventive Dentistry
- Infant Oral Health
- Special Needs Children's Dentistry
- Space Maintainers
- Preventive Orthodontics
- Oral Sedation
- Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Sedation
- Minor Dental Surgery
- Athletic Mouth Guards
- Night Guards and Splints
- Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Hospital Dentistry
- Emergencies Seen Promtly
Care of the Mouth after Local Anesthetic
Your child has had local anesthetic for their dental procedure:
- If the procedure was in the lower jaw.. the tongue, teeth, lip and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep.
- If the procedure was in the upper jaw.. the teeth, lip and surrounding tissue will be numb or asleep.
Often, children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia, and may chew, scratch, suck, or play with the numb lip, tongue, or cheek. These actions can cause minor irritations or they can be severe enough to cause swelling and abrasions to the tissue. Please monitor your child closely for approximately two hours following the appointment. It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
Care of the Mouth after Extractions
Do not scratch , chew, suck, or rub the lips, tongue, or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. The child should be watched closely so he/she does not injure his/her lip, tongue, or cheek before the anesthesia wears off.
Do not rinse the mouth for several hours.
Do not spit excessively.
Do not drink a carbonated beverage (Coke, Sprite, etc.) for the remainder of the day.
Do not drink through a straw.
Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area.
Bleeding - Some bleeding is to be expected. If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for fifteen minutes. This can also be accomplished with a tea bag. Repeat if necessary.
Maintain a soft diet for a day or two, or until the child feels comfortable eating normally again.
Avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity for several hours after the extraction.
Pain - For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child. If a medicine was prescribed, then follow the directions on the bottle.
Oral Discomfort after a Cleaning - A thorough cleaning unavoidably produces some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. This is not due to a "rough cleaning" but, to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend the following for 2-3 days after cleaning was performed:
- A warm salt water rinse 2 - 3 times per day (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water)
- For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child.