It is important that you provide proper care for your child’s newly treated teeth. Neglecting the newly restored teeth can, and most likely will, lead to failure of treatment and more cavities.

Composite (Tooth-Colored) Filling(s):
Normal diet when comfort allows. Brush and floss teeth daily.

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Treatment:
Refrain from eating/drinking for 1 hour. Skip brushing tonight, resume tomorrow morning.

Space Maintainers and Crowns:
Sticky candy (caramel, taffy, fruit roll-up, sugar gum, gummy treats, etc.) should be AVOIDED while the crown and space maintainer is in place. These sticky foods can cause it off. If it falls off, bring back to the office with you. Typically, dental insurance only pays for a crown or space maintainer once.

Extraction (Removal of Tooth):
Soft diet today and progress as tolerated. Keep the extraction area clean with gentle brushing or wiping with soft towel. Avoid any hard or crunchy food that may irritate the extraction area.

After any treatment, the teeth and gums may be sensitive. Minor bleeding may occur after treatment, and start again when the teeth are brushed and flossed. There may also be brushing if an injection was given. These symptoms should improve 1-2 days after treatment.

Please notify our office if you have concerns after treatment. If a filling, crown or space maintainer is lost, please notify our office immediately.