Post-Extraction Care

  • Ensure your child doesn't bite, suck, or rub their lips together while they feel numb. Watch him or her closely until any anesthesia wears off. You can also place a piece of cotton in the child's mouth until the effects of anesthesia have faded.
  • Prohibit your child from rinsing his or her mouth for several hours.
  • Keep your child from drinking anything with carbonation or using a straw the entire day of the surgery.
  • Warn your child not to put his or her fingers or tongue in the empty socket.
  • If the child experiences sustained bleeding following the extraction, place gauze firmly over the socket and have your child bite down for ten minutes. You can also use a wet tea bag
  • Ease your child's pain using Tylenol or any form of Motrin as directed.