8. Extractions

Our policy is to save primary teeth whenever possible, but there are occasions when an extraction may be necessary.

My Child had an extraction, what should I do now?
Your child should not participate in any physical activities for the rest of the day. Try to give him/her as much rest as possible. The head should be up to avoid bleeding.

What precautions should my child take?

  • Avoid hot food and drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your child’s mouth. Also be careful, that he/she does not chew his/her cheek or lip. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.
  • Soft diet for at least 24 hours; ice cream, applesauce, pasta, yogurt are good choices
  • Give over the counter medication, if your child complains of any pain or discomfort
  • If resorbable sutures were placed they will dissolve in about a week
  • Do not drink through a straw, use a cup for 24 hrs
  • Do not spit for 24 hrs

Should my child rinse out?
Your child should not rinse out the area for the first 24 hours. It is important to allow the socket to heal, and your child must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting the tongue disturb it. This can allow infection into the socket and affect healing.

What do I do if it bleeds?
The first thing to remember is that there may be some slight bleeding for the first day or so. Many parents are concerned about the amount of bleeding. This is due to the fact that a small amount of blood is mixed with larger amount of saliva, which looks more dramatic than it is. If you do notice bleeding in your child’s mouth, do not let him/her rinse out, but apply pressure to the socket. Tell your child to bite firmly on the cotton roll we will give to you for at least 15 minutes. Make sure this is placed directly over the extraction site and that the pad is replaced if necessary. If the bleeding has not stopped, please contact us.