After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
Bleeding is to be expected following the removal of multiple teeth. When bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding socket and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, a moist tea bag can be used for 30 minutes. If bleeding reoccurs, avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove immediate denture unless otherwise instructed. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Use ice packs (externally) as directed on the operated areas for the first 24 hours only.
For pain control, use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to subside in 2 days, or increases after 2 days, please call our office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, it is important to finish your prescription, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
Do not rinse your mouth for the first post-operative day. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse every 3 to four times a day, especially following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area.
Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods, which are comfortable for you to eat. As the wounds heal, you will be able to advance your diet.
The removal of many teeth at one time is quite different than the extraction of one or two teeth. Because the bone must be shaped and smoothed prior to the insertion of a denture, the following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
- The area operated on will swell reaching a maximum in 3 to 4 days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. Remember to use ice for the first 24 hours as directed. .
- A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. This is normal and should subside in 2-3 days.
- If the corners of the mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment like Vaseline. There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24-48 hours. If temperature continues, notify our office.
If immediate dentures have been inserted, sore spots may develop. In most cases, your dentist will see you within 24-48 hours after surgery and make the necessary adjustments to relieve those sore spots. Failure to do so may result in severe denture sores, which may prolong the healing process.