AFTER MULTIPLE EXTRACTIONS
Removal of many teeth at one time can be quite different than the extraction of one or two teeth. Since bone is often shaped and smoothed prior to inserting a denture, the following conditions may occur (all of which are considered normal):
The area operated on may swell, reaching a maximum in 2-3 days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. Application of a moist warm towel will help eliminate the discoloration. The towel should be applied continuously for as long as tolerable beginning 48 hours after surgery. Ice packs are to be used only for the first 48 hours following surgery.
A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites, and swelling within the throat muscles can cause pain. This is normal and should subside in two to three days.
If the corners of the mouth have been stretched during surgery, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with a cream or an ointment like Vaseline or lip balm.
There may be a slight elevation of your temperature for 24-48 hours following surgery. If the elevated temperature continues, please call our office.
If immediate dentures have been inserted, sore spots will likely develop. In most cases, your family dentist will see you within 24-48 hours after surgery and make necessary denture adjustments to relieve sore spots. Failure to do so can result in severe denture sores, which will prolong the healing process.
Bleeding- Some bleeding is to be expected following the procedure and may last up to 48 hours. If bleeding occurs, place 2-3 lightly moistened gauze pads rolled or folded together directly over the bleeding site and apply firm biting pressure for 60 minutes. If bleeding continues, moistened tea bags can be used for 30-60 minutes. Tannic acid in the tea bags helps to form a clot by contracting the bleeding vessels. Elevate the head (sitting in a recliner chair or in bed with two pillows). Avoid spitting, drinking through a straw, smoking, chewing tobacco, and excessive physical activity. If an immediate denture has been placed, do not remove the denture unless the bleeding is severe. You can expect some oozing around the sides of the denture.
Pain- If you have been given a prescription, have it filled immediately and begin taking the medication – – with food – – as soon as you arrive home and are settled. Be sure to read and follow the instructions as printed on the bottle. If possible take the medications with food to prevent nausea.
If an antibiotic has been prescribed, it is important to take it until the prescription is completely gone regardless of whether symptoms are present or not.
If you develop a rash, hives, or trouble breathing, discontinue all medications and immediately call our office.