After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following your procedure. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding socket and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened black tea bag for thirty minutes. The tannic acid in the black tea helps to form a clot by contracting blood vessels. Avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. Try to keep your denture in place as much as possible for the first 24 hours, and do not remove it unless bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Use ice packs (externally) on the cheek near the surgical site. Apply ice for the first 36 hours only. Apply ice continuously while you are awake.
For discomfort use the prescription for pain medication given to you, and if antibiotics have been prescribed, make sure to finish the entire course of medication. Two to three tablets of Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) can be taken every 4-6 hours in place of the prescribed medication, if desired.
Drink plenty of fluids. If many teeth have been extracted, the blood lost at this time needs to be replaced. Soft foods should be eaten the first day and you may increase your diet as you feel appropriate and comfortable.
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 several times throughout the day and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in open areas. (One teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out the denture and rinse 2-3 times a day.
The removal of many teeth at one time is quite different from the extraction of just 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 surgical area may swell, reaching a maximum in approximately 3 days. Swelling and discoloration around the eyes may occur, as well as along the jaw line and neck area. The application of a moist warm towel will help eliminate the discoloration. The towel should be applied continuously for as long as is comfortable, beginning 36 hours after surgery. (Remember: ice packs are used for the first 36 hours only).
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 more serious denture sores, which may prolong the healing process.