Post Treatment Instructions

How to care for your mouth after an extraction or periodontal surgery:

  1. Don’t rinse your mouth, spit, or smoke for 24 hours.
  2. Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.
  3. Bleeding. Some bleeding following tooth extraction is to be expected. If unusual, place a wet sterile gauze pad firmly over the site of extraction, and bite down or hold in place with pressure for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Avoid hot liquids.
  4. Swelling. Use plastic bag or towel filled with ice against affected area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for one hour. Swelling may start after tooth has been removed, but is no cause for alarm.
  5. Food. A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
  6. During the next day, rinse your mouth with ½ teaspoon of table salt in an 8-ounce glass of very warm water after meals. Repeat for the next 2 or 3 days if necessary.
  7. Bony edges. After teeth are extracted, you may feel hard projections in the mouth and think they are roots. This is usually the hard, bony partition that surrounds the roots of the teeth. These generally break away or work themselves out.
  8. If antibiotics are prescribed, take the full amount of medication, even if symptoms have disappeared.
  9. In case of unusual symptoms (or questions), call Babylon Dental Care (631-983-6665) at once.