After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
Home Care Instructions for After Multiple Teeth Extraction
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, avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920. Do not remove immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Swelling and Pain Management
Use ice packs (externally) on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice for the first sxi to eight hours. Apply ice continuously while you are awake.
For mild discomfort you may use Tylenol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. We suggest using Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 400 – 600mg every six to eight hours. Tylenol dosage is two 500mg tablets every six to eight hours, not to exceed eight tablets in a 24 hour period.
For severe pain use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to subside in three days, or increases after three days, please call our office: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms.
Diet, Hygiene and Exercise
Drink plenty of fluids. If multiple teeth have been extracted, the blood lost at this time needs to be replaced. Drink at least four to 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 4 hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. (One half teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.).
Restrict your diet to liquids and soft ‘no chew’ foods, which are comfortable for you to eat. As the wounds heal, you will be able to advance your diet.
Additional Recovery Information
The removal of multiple 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 days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a moist warm towel will help eliminate the discoloration quicker. The towel should be applied continuously for as long as tolerable beginning 36 hours after surgery (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 or Blistex. There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24-48 hours. If temperature continues, notify our office: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920.
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.