What do you do AFTER an extraction? Discover the tips for a faster recovery!
Let’s talk about pediatric tooth extractions for a minute. We know the thought of having to have your child’s teeth pulled can be incredibly intimidating but can also be very important. The American Dental Association puts it simply, stating that an extraction means to have your child’s tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
Sometimes a tooth just can’t be saved due to a cavity that is compromising too much of your child’s tooth’s structure, making it too weak and impossible to repair. If the tooth has a severe fracture or is cracked, the American Association of Endodontists suggests that the tooth is a prime candidate for removal.
If your child’s dentist has recommended a pediatric tooth extraction, there are a few things you need to know once your child’s tooth is removed. The extraction itself is handled in the dentist’s office, with a fully trained team at your child’s side, tending to their every need.
But, what do you do when you get home with a little one or teenager who is in pain with a swollen mouth?
First thing’s first. Don’t panic. We’ll help you navigate through this with some helpful tips to get your child on the road to recovery.
Now What? Home Care After A Pediatric Tooth Extraction
For the first few days, your child may experience a fair amount of pain. That is to be expected. You can help keep your little one (or a big one) more comfortable by utilizing a few simple tips and tricks.
- Keep pressure on the gauze pad that your dentist placed over the extraction site by having your child gently bite down on it. If the gauze sponge begins to dry out, dampen it with a little bit of water. Try to maintain constant pressure until bleeding lessens. Change the gauze as needed.
- Keep your child’s head elevated. For little ones, have them sit down and watch a movie or do something relaxing. For teenagers, it’s imperative to avoid sports and running around until the bleeding stops completely.
- Keep your child’s mouth clean by brushing areas around the extraction site. Don’t let little ones touch or pick at the extraction site.
- If swelling is still present, use ice packs by placing them on the face near extraction site.
- Make sure your child takes all prescribed medications according to your dentist’s orders. If any itching or swelling occurs, call our office immediately, or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Offer your child softer, high-protein foods, that are easy to swallow without much chewing.
- Keep your child hydrated by drinking plenty of clear fluids.
By following the dentist’s orders and these tips, your child will be on the road to recovery soon after their pediatric tooth extraction. Extracting children’s teeth is never fun for anyone, especially the kids.
Our team is here to provide you with the best quality care you could ever wish for your child. If you feel like your little one or teen may be in need of an extraction, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (978) 425-1496. We are more than happy to talk with you about anything you may need.