After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
Home Instructions After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following the operation to remove multiple teeth. If bleeding continues, place a gauze pad(s) directly over the bleeding socket(s) and apply biting pressure for 60 minutes. You may need to do this a few times. Bleeding or oozing can be expected for up to 24 hours(longer for patients on blood thinners). Avoid hot liquids, straws, spitting, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove the immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Your can use ice packs on the outside of the cheek near the surgical site(s). Apply ice for the first 24 hours only while you are awake. Never put a hot compress on your face.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as possible. For severe pain, medication will be prescribed and you will be given instructions on the usage. If the pain does not begin to subside after 2 days, or increases after 2 days, please call our office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, make sure to finish your prescription unless you have an allergic reaction.
Drink plenty of fluids. If many teeth have been extracted, the blood lost at this time needs to be replaced. Drink at least six glasses of liquid the first day.
Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 yours or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse 5-6 times a day and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. (One teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out the denture and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.
Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods that are comfortable for you to eat. As the wounds heal, you will be able to resume your normal diet.
The removal of many teeth at one time is quite different from the extraction of just 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 two to three days. Swelling and discoloration around the eyes, cheeks and neck may occur. (Remember: ice packs are used for the first 24 hours only).
- A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. Swelling into the throat muscles can cause pain. 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 your temperature continues to rise, 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 to make the necessary adjustments and relieve those sore spots. Failure to do so may result in severe denture sores, which may prolong the healing process. Dr. Gianoli will see you the day after the procedure to make minor adjustments and check the surgical site. Your general dentist will see you for major adjustments.