After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
If several teeth have been removed, you should expect some bleeding following the treatment. Place a gauze pad over the socket and bite down for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues after the 30 minutes, try biting a moist tea bag for another 30 minutes. If you continue to bleed, elevate your head and avoid hot liquids and exercise. Do not remove dentures unless your bleeding is severe. If bleeding persists, please contact Village Pointe Oral Surgery immediately.
We recommend continually placing an ice pack (externally) on the side of the face that was operated on for the first 36 hours. If you experience discomfort, we recommend taking two tablets of Tylenol every three to four hours. You can also take two tablets of Ibuprofen every three to four hours. For more severe pain, Dr. Michael Shnayder recommends that you use the prescription that was given to you. If your pain becomes more intense after two days, please call our office. We recommend that you drink plenty of liquids following your treatment. We recommend that you drink at least six glasses of water to replace lost fluids during this time. Finally, it is extremely important to flush out food particles and debris by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water and a half teaspoon of salt. Do not rinse the first day after your treatment if there is bleeding. Once your bleeding has stopped, our oral surgeon recommends that you rinse out your mouth three or four times a day.
It is important to eat only soft foods during the first few days. When your mouth begins to heal, you will be able to eat a wider variety of foods.
Removing several teeth at once is different than extracting only one tooth. Typically, teeth must be smoothed prior to a denture being placed. In a multiple tooth extraction, it is common to experience:
- Swelling. Generally, the area will reach peak swelling within two days. Discoloration and swelling may also appear near the eye. We recommend placing a warm towel to reduce the discoloration more quickly. You should place the warm towel and an ice pack as often as tolerable during the first 36 hours.
- A sore throat because nearby muscles may swell and cause pain. Typically, this should fade within two-three days.
- Dry and cracked lips. To combat this, you should keep your lips moist with Vaseline. You may also have an increased temperature for two days. If your temperature is elevated for more than two days, we invite you to contact our office if this is the case.
Sore spots may occur if immediate dentures have been placed. Generally, your dentist will schedule an appointment with you shortly after our treatment to make the proper adjustments. Please feel free to contact us soon if you would like to learn more about how we can benefit you with our exceptional surgical services in Omaha, Nebraska.