After Removal of Multiple Teeth NJ, After Multiple Teeth are Extracted
Home Care Instructions After Multiple Teeth are Extracted
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 20 minutes on / 20 minutes off until bedtime. Ice use beyond this point does not affect swelling, but may provide pain relief.
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. 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 on the day of surgery, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse (one half teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water) four to six times per day and especially after 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 may be shaped and smoothed during the procedure, the following conditions may occur :
- The area operated on will swell reaching a maximum in two days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. This is normal.
- 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. It is imperative that you maintain adequate fluid intake to avoid dehydration. A minimum of 8 ounces per hour for the first 8 hours is adequate. If fever persists with adequate hydration, please contact your surgeon.
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.