Proper healing following a dental procedure requires good advice and instructions, so as a post-op service we will contact you to check on the status of your condition. We will also provide you with information to help you to assist with your own healing and recovery.
Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen (APAP) for Pain Relief
If pain increases after tooth extraction, contact our office immediately because it could be the sign of a more serious problem. In the interim, we might recommend some home remedies to help relieve the pain. One post dental operation recommendation might be to give your child a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen (APAP) for better pain relief effectiveness.
Preventing & Taking Care of Post-Op Infections
Due to the invasive nature of operations, infection is always a concern. That is why you will be given advice on how to help prevent infections. For example, you will be advised not to rinse vigorously or suck through a straw for at least the first 24 hours after surgery because these actions could cause the sutures or stitches to rupture or come apart. Another recommendation is to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to reduce swelling.
At times despite every effort to prevent them, infections still occur, but if you have a post-op infection, you will be prescribed an antibiotic and given instructions on how you can help to overcome the infection. For example, you might be given an oral antibacterial rinse to use in addition to your antibiotic medication. Also, you will be instructed to maintain regular brushing and flossing around the affected area to keep food particles and plaque from aggravating the infection.
At Kid City Smiles, we want you and your child to have a positive dental care experience, so we will be there with you every step of the way during your dental procedures. Please give us a call today to see how we can help with the healing process after dental surgery, and get you or your child feeling healthy and happy again!