Post-Operative Fillings  

Your child’s new fillings are fully hardened before they even leave the office; however, it is wise to chew on the opposite side from the location of the newly placed filling(s) until the anesthetic has fully worn off. One of the most common problems following filling placement with anesthesia, is an incorrect bite. If your child complains that their bite feels uneven, please call our office so we can get them scheduled for a quick adjustment.

Local Anesthesia

*Your child has had a local anesthetic for their dental procedure.

  • If the procedure was in the upper jaw- the teeth, lip, and surrounding tissue may be numb or “asleep”.
  • If the procedure was in the lower jaw- the tongue, teeth, lip, and surrounding tissue may be numb or “asleep”.
  • Often children do not understand the effects of local anesthesia and will 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 UNTIL THE NUMBNESS WEARS OFF (approximately 2-3 hours following the appointment)
  • You can leave the gauze in the mouth if they keep trying to bite their tissue or lip.
  • It is often wise to keep your child on a liquid or soft diet until the anesthetic has worn off.
  • If your child does bite their lip, cheek or tongue by accident, the area will usually swell and ulcerate but should heal completely within 7-10 days.
  • If there are questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call the office at Lansdale Office Phone Number 215-855-4092

Pain Management

  • If your child is in discomfort after their procedure, over the counter pain relievers can be administered at home.
  • Tylenol, or ibuprofen are best to relieve short-term dental discomfort. Please contact your pediatrician for the recommended dosage for your child.
  • If your child is allergic to these medications or has a medical condition that would prevent you from taking these medications, please contact their pediatrician for an OTC recommendation.
  • It is normal for your child to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after their appointment. Hot or cold sensitivity may linger for several weeks after the placement of the fillings. Usually, these symptoms will subside over time.

Brush, Floss & Smile!

  • We recommend resuming normal brushing, flossing and rinsing immediately. Keeping their new fillings clean is especially important.
  • Mouthwash can be used the night of the procedure unless your child experiences discomfort. Wait 1-2 days before using mouthwash again to give gum tissue time to normalize.

Please contact our office Lansdale Office Phone Number 215-855-4092 if your child is experiencing symptoms not indicated above, are in need of a bite adjustment, or if you have any questions for the treating dentist regarding their dental care.