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Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Some extractions are done after recommendation from your orthodontist to make space for other teeth.
Care of the Mouth after Extractions
Follow instructions given:
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 spit forcefully.
Do not drink through a straw.
Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area.
- Some bleeding is to be expected after an extraction. This bleeding may last into the evening, and your child may even have some bleeding on his or her pillowcase in the morning. 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.
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.
- 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.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Portland office at (503) 477-7130 if you have any questions.
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