Your child has been given an injection of local anesthetic to numb his/her teeth in order for us to work on them.
Your child’s mouth (tooth, lip & tongue) will be sleeping for approximately 2 to 3 hours. It is imperative that you watch your child and have him/her bite on the cotton roll provided to prevent damage to his/her oral cavity. If your child is not biting on the cotton roll he/she may bite the tongue, cheek or lip causing serious damage or profound pain later on.
Some children become very upset (even crying hysterically) and complain of excruciating pain when they realize their mouth feels “different.” Please do not be alarmed! Many children are unfamiliar with this numb sensation and associate this with pain. Reassure your child that the “funny feeling” will go away in approximately 2 hours.
If your child has received a crown/cap the gum tissue surrounding the tooth may appear to be bleeding. This is normal! When preparing your child’s tooth for a crown, it is necessary to fit the crown closely to the gum tissue, resulting in some hemorrhaging and bruising of the tissue. Following placement of the crowns some parents will notice a purple or gray color around the gums; this is also normal and will subside.
Please do not allow your child to eat sticky or caramel type candy as this may dislodge your child’s crown. This applies for as long as the crown is in your child’s mouth.
Avoid flossing on the day treatment. Start flossing around the crown the day after the treatment was done.
If your child’s crown does come off please save the crown and call the office so it may be re-cemented.