What Aftercare Is Needed After Tooth Removal?

If your child needs to have a tooth extracted (removed), the dental care needed to treat it extends past the dentist’s office. Proper aftercare is just as important as the procedure itself to make sure that your child heals quickly and avoids any infection.

Check out these tips for aftercare before you head to your child’s appointment, and follow any advice the dentist gives you.

Tooth Removal Aftercare Tips

Here are some tips to keep in mind as your child heals from a tooth removal:

  • Give any medicine (antibiotics or painkillers) to your child that are prescribed by their dentist.
  • After 24 hours, gently rinse your child’s mouth with warm salt water for several days.
  • Change your child’s gauze pads regularly when they are soaked with blood.
  • Make sure your child eats soft foods and drinks plenty of fluids.
  • Leave the area where the tooth was pulled alone to let it heal. Tell your child not to touch it with his/her tongue.
  • Help your child avoid using straws or other items that require suction. Suction could cause dry socket.
  • Speak to your child’s dentist if you have any questions about your child’s aftercare.

What Happens When a Tooth Is Removed?

There are many reasons why your child’s dentist may choose to extract a tooth. When you take your child in for an extraction procedure, the dentist will numb the area and remove the tooth, leaving your child with a hole, or socket, where the tooth used to be.

The aftercare tips above will help keep that socket healthy as it heals.

Dry Socket Symptoms

One of the most common causes of pain after a tooth removal is dry socket. A dry socket forms when the blood clot that was protecting their socket, or hole where the tooth used to be, gets washed away. When this happens, the bone is exposed, which can be very painful.

The symptoms of a dry socket include:

  • A white opening at the removal site instead of a red or brown clot
  • Severe pain in the removal site or around the jaw
  • Pain spreading to the ear
  • Bad breath
  • A bad smell and taste in the mouth

If you think your child has dry socket, contact your child’s dentist right away for treatment. 

When Should My Child Go Back to the Dentist?

After your child’s tooth extraction procedure, your dentist will probably want to see your child again for a follow-up visit to check on the healing process. After a few days, your child should start feeling normal again.

Get Tooth Extraction Aftercare Tips at Kool Smiles

If your child needs a tooth removed, or even just a simple check up, bring him or her to a nearby Kool Smiles. We have over 120 locations around the country and always offer affordable treatment.

Call us today or find us online to schedule an appointment for your child.

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Sources:

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth/article/tooth-extraction-and-dry-sockets

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-extraction