After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following the operation. If 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 occurs, elevate the head, avoid hot liquids and strenuous activity. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately.
If a denture or partial denture was placed by Dr. Galey, Dr. Kreps, Dr. Roccia or Dr. Tunder at the time of surgery, do not remove the prosthesis for 24 hours unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Do not smoke. Smoking causes increased bleeding and decreased wound healing. Avoid smoking of any kind for as long as possible following surgery. Drs. Galey, Kreps, Roccia or Tunder would be happy to direct you towards several smoking cessation options.
Use ice packs (externally) on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice for the first 36 hours only. Apply ice continuously while you are awake.
For mild discomfort, over the counter medications such as Tylenol ; two tablets every three to four hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg can be taken two to three tablets every four to six hours.
For severe discomfort, use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to subside in a few days, or increases after two days, please call the office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription.
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 post-operative day, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt-water rinse every four hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. (One teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out denture and rinse three to four 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 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 two to three days. If teeth were extracted on the top jaw (maxilla), swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a moist warm towel will help eliminate the discoloration. The towel should be applied continuously for as long as tolerable beginning 36 hours after surgery (remember ice packs are used for the first 36 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 two to three 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 the 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.