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, avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
- Use ice packs (externally) on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice for the first 48 hours only. Apply ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off while you are awake.
- For mild discomfort use aspirin, Tylenol or any similar medication; two tablets every 3-4 hours. Take prescribed pain medication as suggested.
- For severe pain 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, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms.
- Drink plenty of fluids. 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 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.). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out denture and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.
- 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 two days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a moist warm compress will help eliminate the discoloration quicker. The compress should be applied 20 minutes on/20 minutes off as needed.
- 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.
The first night after your surgery it is important that you NOT remove the denture(s) for any reason. Should you do so the gums could swell and you may not get the denture back in for several days. Your dentist or denture therapist should see you within 24 to 48 hours after surgery to remove your denture, show you how to rinse your mouth, and check the initial fit of the teeth. 24 to 48 hours after surgery you can remove the denture(s) for cleaning your mouth, and a mouth rinse of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of salt in it is recommended. If you feel the teeth are loose when you replace them in your mouth, use a denture adhesive to help hold them in.