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Patient Information

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first dental visit should be scheduled by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth appears. At Lakeside Pediatric Dentistry, making the first visit enjoyable and positive is one of our many goals. We understand that for many children going to the dentist can cause anxiety. However, Dr. Monroy and the entire staff work diligently to make sure children are as comfortable as possible during their visits. We provide the experience you and your child deserve. Come visit us today!
Our goal is to help your child achieve a happy, healthy smile!

Post-Operative Instructions

Local Anesthetic

Local anesthetic, or “numbing” was likely used during your child’s dental treatment. This typically lasts for approximately 2-4 hours. Be sure to watch your child closely to make sure they don’t bite, scratch, or chew on their cheek, lip, or tongue. Some children don’t like the feeling of being numb, and may complain of pain when their mouth feels “different.” Please don’t be alarmed; this funny feeling will go away within a few hours.

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen

“Laughing gas” may have been used during your child’s dental treatment. Nitrous oxide has a proven track record of being very safe, providing exceptional relief of anxiety. In rare cases, your child may feel slightly nauseated during the appointment. The effects of nitrous oxide disappear within about 5 minutes of breathing regular room air.

Dental Fillings

After the placement of a restoration (either tooth-colored or silver), teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold. It is not uncommon for this to last a few days for baby teeth, or even a few weeks for permanent teeth with large fillings. A soft diet of lukewarm food is recommended for the first 24 hours after having fillings.

Pulp Therapy

When your child receives a nerve treatment for their tooth, it is not usually necessary to prescribe any pain medication. If your child does experience any discomfort it can usually be managed with over-the-counter medications like Children’s Tylenol or Motrin.

Stainless Steel Crown

A stainless steel crown is silver in color and covers the entire tooth. To seat the crown correctly, some work must be done below the gum line. Therefore your child may have soreness in their gums for a few hours after placement. Your child’s gum tissue may even bleed a little during the first day after placement. To help with healing, keep the area clean by brushing it gently 2-3 times per day and flossing gently.

If your child experiences any discomfort, we recommend whatever over-the-counter pain medicine you give for a headache (Children’s Tylenol or Motrin). Although it’s cemented in the mouth, continuous force and pressure can pull off a crown. Your child should avoid super-sticky and hard candies (Sugar Daddy’s, Tootsie Rolls, etc.). If they do pull the crown off, try to save it if you can and call our office.

Dental Extractions

After an extraction, your child will have gauze placed to control normal bleeding. Most dental extractions (particularly of baby teeth) are routine, and it is unlikely that your child will need any antibiotics or pain medication. Do not allow your child to suck from a straw or drink any carbonated beverages for 2-3 days following extraction. This may prolong bleeding and disrupt the normal blood clotting process. Following extractions, your child’s diet should be initially soft (Jell-O, pudding, smoothies, etc.).

Lakeside Pediatric Dentistry

We are proud to help your children discover and maintain a beautiful smile. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 810-985-9660. We look forward to welcoming you!

Get In Touch

Location
1952 Holland Ave. Port Huron, MI 48060

Telephone
810-985-9660

Fax
810-985-9666

Email
drphil@lakesidepediatricdentistry.net

Hours:
Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday - 8:00 - Noon