Post Treatment

PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO ASSURE THE
BEST RESULTS FROM TODAY’S DENTAL TREATMENT


ORAL HYGIENE:
All restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.) must be kept very clean: as always, we recommend brushing two times per day and flossing as instructed.

DIET:
Your child can eat or drink as usual after dental treatment unless he/she has received local anaesthetia (Novocaine). Diet restrictions will be given to you by Dr. Kari/Dr.Tim.

LOCAL ANAESTHESIA ( NOVOCAINE):
If your child had Novocaine, he/she must not eat until the anaesthetic wears off (up to 3 hours) after his/her appointment. Watch your child carefully to make sure they do not bite their lip, cheek or tongue during this “numb” period. If this occurs, your child may experience swelling and discomfort; please notify Dr. Kari/Dr.Tim.

NITROUS OXIDE ( LAUGHING GAS) or LIGHT ORAL MEDICATION ( VERSED OR CHLORAL HYDRATE):
Your child may be given nitrous oxide and/or light medication to help relax them so dental treatment could be performed. It does not put your child to sleep. When your child’s dental treatment was complete, they were given 100% oxygen to clear the nitrous oxide from their body. If your child had medication to relax them, they need to be watched for the rest of the day. Do not plan or permit activities after treatment. Allow your child to rest. Common side effects include irritability, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. If prolonged vomiting, bleeding, drowsiness or any difficulty breathing occurs, contact the Dental Office immediately (403) 873-1414.

STAINLESS STEEL CROWNS (SILVER CAPS):
Stainless steel crowns may cause the tooth or gum tissue around the tooth to be sensitive for up to 3 days after treatment. Keep the teeth clean with routine brushing (3 times per day). Warm salt water rinses (1/4 tsp salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water) three times per day may be necessary for the first day or two. Stainless steel crowns are placed with a strong cement, but your child should not eat anything sticky (gum, toffee, fruit roll-ups, fruit snacks, etc.) since these may stick to the crown and loosen or pull it off.

If the crown comes off, save it and bring it with you to have it re-cemented in your child’s mouth. Call the Dental Office immediately (873-1414) for an appointment.

STRIP CROWNS (WHITE CAPS FOR FRONT TEETH):
Strip crowns are strong, but not as strong as your child’s natural teeth. For this reason, your child should not bite into any food that must be “snapped off” with the front teeth (apples, carrots, etc.) If a crown does break or come off, call the Dental Office immediately (873-1414) to schedule an appointment to evaluate the tooth.

PAIN CONTROL:
If your child complains of pain or discomfort after their dental treatment, we recommend he/she take the appropriate child’s dose of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). Remember, it may take an hour or so to take effect.  Aspirin should NOT be given.  If pain persists, contact the Dental Office (873-1414).

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Dental Office at 403-873-1414. After hours, please contact the office for emergency contact information or call the Alberta Children’s Hospital Emergency Department at
403-955-7211.