The pediatric dental restoration procedure will be explained to the parents by Dr. Zarmin Lalani, a kid’s dentist at Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Frisco. Learn about other dental services provided by Dr. Lalani.
What to Expect During Pediatric Dental Restoration Procedure
Once it is determined that your child needs restorative treatment, your dentist will explain the procedure to your child and how it will help keep his/her smile healthy. On the day of the procedure, your child may bring a small stuffed animal or other comfort item for relaxation purposes. In most cases, a parent is welcome to stay in the office during the procedure.
Most restorative dentistry will begin with your dentist numbing the treatment site (first with a topical medication and then an injection of numbing medicine to keep your child comfortable and free of pain).
If your child is especially anxious, your dentist may recommend the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to keep him/her calm. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective combination of oxygen and nitrogen which, when administered through a breathing mask, creates a comfortable, calm, relaxed feeling in the patient while still awake.
Depending on the restorative dental treatment performed, the procedure typically lasts 30-45 minutes. For more advanced dental decay or damage, or in cases where the patient is unable to be still for an extended period of time, in-office dental sedation or outpatient general anesthesia may be considered. Your dentist will discuss all options available to you for your child’s restorative dental treatment.
After Pediatric Restorative Dentistry
In most cases, after restorative treatment is completed, your child can resume normal activities. If anesthesia or sedation was utilized, your doctor will give you specific after-care instructions. Due to the numbing medication, your child may feel like his/her lips are “big” and experience some minor drooling for a few hours. This sensation is normal and will gradually subside.
At-home tips following Pediatric Dental Restorations:
- Use age-appropriate over-the-counter pain medicine (such as Tylenol or Motrin) if there is discomfort at the injection site or swelling.
- Offer soft, cool foods until the numbing medication wears off. This will help avoid the risk of biting the inside of the mouth or lip.
- If a crown was placed on a baby tooth, avoid hard, sticky, or excessively chewy foods until the permanent tooth erupts.
- Regular brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately after the procedure.
While it is extremely rare for pediatric restorative dental procedures to have side effects, you should contact your dentist if your child experiences:
- Severe pain lasting more than 24 hours
- Excessive bleeding of the gums
If you would like more information concerning pediatric dental restorations, please contact our office for an appointment.
At Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry, our priority is providing the highest quality dental care in a kid-friendly environment that results in a lifetime of good dental health. If you are concerned that your child may have a cavity, contact our office for a thorough dental examination.
Dr. Zarmin Lalani is a board certified pediatric dentist in Frisco dedicated to helping her patients develop and maintain good oral health habits that last a lifetime. If you are looking for a pediatric dental office to call your dental home, please contact Dr. Zarmin Lalani and her team at Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry Frisco, Texas, by completing an online appointment request or phone 469-365-5437.