Extractions of teeth:
- Other than numbness, your child might complain of some dull discomfort.
- We recommend Motrin to help with the pain. We like Motrin because it has longer pain mitigation properties and less chance for liver/drug interactions in larger doses.
- Bleeding is normal for extractions, with bigger extraction sites oozing can happen up to 12 hours.
- Try not to change gauzes too often. We like to preserve the blood clot and if it changes too often this can cause unintentional dislodge of the clot.
- The same goes for the use of straws and suction motions. Try to abstain from these for 2-3 days unless otherwise advised.
Extractions of loose baby teeth:
- If a tooth is loose, we often just use oral-gel to numb up the gum area so there should be little to no sensation of numbness.
- Bleeding should be minimal and will clot very easily.
- Have your child bite on gauze for 10-15 minutes post-treatment.
- Minimal pain is expected, but you are welcome to give your child Motrin/Tylenol if they complain of discomfort.
Written By: Dr. Ngo