Care After Tooth Extractions – Bensalem, PA

Explore our tips for care after tooth extractions in Bensalem, PA. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Perfect Smiles in Bensalem team with any questions or concerns.

For the next 24 hours we ask that you DO NOT:

  1. No spitting or rinsing your mouth out. This may cause the extraction site to start bleeding. After 24 hours you may rinse with ¼ teaspoon of salt added to 8 oz of warm water after eating.
  2. No smoking. This may cause you to develop an infection in the extraction site.
  3. No drinking through a straw or pop up bottle. The suction may cause you to start bleeding.
  4. For the next 24 hours, we ask that you do not eat anything too hot in temperature, spicy or crunchy (seeds, pretzels, chips, toast). Drinking or eating hot substances may increase your bleeding.

Following extractions, some BLEEDING is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pad over extraction area and bite down firmly for ½ hour.

If SWELLING occurs, place an ice bag in a cold wet towel and apply to outside of face at extraction site for 15 minutes on and 45 minutes off for 4-5 hours.

If PAIN occurs, you may take any non-aspirin type medication you like (such as Tylenol or Motrin). Aspirin may cause heavy bleeding to occur.

Bony edges, which are small bone fragments, may work their way through the gum during healing. This is not a sign of concern. If they become painful, please call the office and we can remove them.