After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
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Slight bleeding, oozing, or red tinged saliva is not uncommon following the operation to remove multiple teeth and should not be a cause for alarm. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by first rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth, then placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for thirty minutes. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for thirty minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag helps to form a clot by constricting bleeding vessels. To minimize further bleeding, remain calm, sit upright, and avoid exercise. If bleeding does not subside, call for further instructions.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, use straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the teeth are extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48-72 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day avoiding the surgical sites. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
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. If you cannot see your dentist or the dentures cause significant discomfort, we recommend that you remove the denture and see your dentist or call our office as soon as possible.