Post Operative instructions for the Mouth After Trauma

  • Often when a tooth is traumatized there are several things to be aware of, including; mobility in teeth, darkening or greying of teeth, or swelling in gum tissue above the tooth. These are often signs that the nerve tissue is dying.

    It is imperative that your child be seen by the pediatric dentist as soon as possible, and will likely need to be on a soft diet for up to one to two weeks. Many teeth need to be treated gently as you would a sprained ankle. Avoiding foods and beverages that are too hot, too cold, too hard and too acidic will assist in the most optimum healing.


    • Be mindful of numbness for up to 2-4 hours post extraction
    • Do not use a straw or spit for at least 24 hours
    • Avoid carbonated beverages, spicy foods, acidic foods, or crunchy foods
    • Avoid tampering with extraction site
    • Bleeding: tooth may ooze for up to 24 hours. This is normal, and expected. If bleeding occurse, place guaze over extraction site and bite down to allow pressure to stop bleeding. This should be done for 10 minutes.
    • The day of the extraction should be a movie day, with little strenuous activity. Sports should be kept to a minimum.

    If necessary, OTC use of Children’s Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child can be sued for discomfort.

Please do not hesitate to call the office if there are any questions.