After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following oral surgery. 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 tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the black tea helps to form a clot by contracting blood vessels. If bleeding occurs, avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove the immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
For the first 36 hours after surgery, apply ice packs (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) on the cheek, near the surgery sites. Apply ice continuously while you are awake.
When the numbness wears off, you may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen (as directed). If the pain does not subside, you may take the prescribed pain medication given to you by our office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, make sure to finish your prescription. DO NOT take any medications if you are allergic to them.
Drink plenty of fluids when you get home from surgery. Start off with clear fluids like Gatorade, Jello, or apple juice. An hour afterwards, you can add ice cream, yogurt, or smoothies. When the numbness wears off, you may eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, macaroni, pasta, scrambled eggs, ground beef, etc.
The removal of many teeth at one time, may require a little more time to heal. Because the bone must be shaped and smoothed prior to the insertion of a denture, the following conditions may occur:
- The areas where teeth were removed, will swell. Swelling and discoloration around the eyes or jaws may occur. Apply ice packs for 36 hours after surgery. Warm compresses, or a heating pad on low, can be used for swelling or jaw stiffness after 36 hours.
- A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. This is normal and should subside in 2-3 days.
- If immediate dentures have been inserted, sore spots may develop. Your dentist will see you post operatively to make the necessary adjustments and relieve those sore spots.