Dental surgery home care (1726)

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What do I need to know after my child has dental surgery? 


It is normal to have some drainage from the site of surgery. It may last for about a day after surgery. The drainage may be pink in color or there may be an overall pink color to the saliva.

Gauze squares

Bleeding is controlled with pressure from gauze packs, the dentist may give you extra gauze packs to take home.


Anesthetic was used to numb part of your child’s mouth for surgery.

The numb feeling will last from 2 to 4 hours.


Your child’s dentist will tell you how much pain to expect. The amount of pain will depend on the type of surgery that was done.



Special instructions for your child



For more information:


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • Pain that gets worse and the medicine does not help.
  • Pain that gets worse every day and is still present 3 to 4 days after surgery.
  • Bleeding that continues after following the instructions above.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.