After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
Minimal postoperative bleeding is expected. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly on the bleeding area and apply biting pressure for 30 seconds. The tannic acid in black tea helps vascularize smooth blood vessels by stimulating blood vessel contraction. If you are bleeding, avoid hot water, exercise, and keep your head elevated. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove emergency dentures unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some to flow around the sides of the teeth.
Use an ice pack (externally) on the nose near the surgical site. Ice it for the first 36 hours. When you wake up, put ice on it for 20 minutes.
You should start taking painkillers as soon as you feel the local antibiotics have worn off. For moderate pain, one or two tablets of acetominophen (Tylenol) may be taken every 6 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of acetominophen. Regular strength ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken four times daily, not to exceed 3200mg daily for an adult. Consult our practice for individuals under 18. Always follow the instructions on the bottle.
Medications prescribed for acute pain should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medications if you do not like them, or if your doctor has instructed you not to. Do not drive or work around machinery. Avoid hands. Postoperative pain or discomfort should subside significantly each day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.For severe pain, use the prescription given to you. Please contact our office if, after two days, the pain does not start to get better or gets worse. If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to finish your medication until you feel better..
First, do not wash your face the day after surgery, or if you are bleeding. After the first day, rinse with warm salt water every 4 hours and after meals to wash away any food particles and debris that may have settled on the surface (one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water). on one side). To make a change to dentures, visit your dentist, remove your dental teeth, and brush 2-3 times a day.
Consume your meals with only water and snacks that are easy to eat. As the sores heal, you can resume your first meal.
Extraction of several teeth at one time is very different from extraction of just one or two teeth. Since the bone must be shaped and smooth before the tooth can be placed, the following situations are possible, all of which are considered normal:
- Where the surgical site will swell and reach its maximum in three to three days. The eye may be swollen and discolored. Using a damp, warm towel will help prevent discoloration. Beginning 36 hours after surgery, the towel should be applied for as long as tolerated. (Remember: ice packs are only used for the first 36 hours).
- A sore throat may develop. The throat muscles are located close to the extraction sites. It can hurt if the muscles in your throat swell. This is normal and should subside in 2-3 days.
- When the corners of the mouth are stretched, they dry out and crack. You need to moisturize your lips with an oil like Vaseline. Temperature may rise slightly for 24-48 hours. Notify our office if your temperature continues to rise.
With recent dental implants, pain can occur. Usually your dentist will see you within 24-48 hours after surgery and make the necessary adjustments to stop that pain. Failure to do so can lead to severe abscesses, delaying healing.