If you will be having multiple teeth extracted, you should know that your procedure will be more complex than simple extractions involving one or two teeth. Extracting multiple teeth generally requires that the underlying bone be smoothed and shaped in preparation for dental restoration. That means that recovering from that procedure will be a bit different too. Here is what you need to know about taking care of yourself and your mouth after multiple extractions.
A small amount of bleeding after surgery is to be expected. To aid in stopping that bleeding, place a moistened gauze pad over surgical sites and apply pressure by biting down on it gently for 30 to 45 minutes. Avoiding hot liquids helps, as does resting with your head elevated, since too much activity can worsen bleeding. If bleeding persists, call Dr. Arroyo’s office for advice. If you have been fitted with an immediate denture, do not remove it unless there is severe bleeding, and please do contact Dr. Arroyo in such circumstances.
Some pain and discomfort will occur after multiple extractions. Mild to moderate pain can be handled with over-the-counter pain relievers, while more serious pain should be addressed with your prescribed pain medication. Swelling is routine after multiple extractions, and generally peaks within two to three days. Using ice packs in the affected area during the first 24 to 36 hours after surgery can minimize this. Skin discoloration or bruising often follows swelling. Applying a warm, moist towel to the area – beginning 36 hours after surgery – can help clear it more quickly.
Other after-effects that you may experience include a sore throat, since throat muscles may be irritated by surgery. This generally clears within 2 to 3 days. The corners of your mouth may dry and crack if they were stretched during surgery, which can be relieved by applying moisturizing lip balm or Vaseline. If you have been fitted with immediate dentures, you may develop sore spots beneath them. If so, see your dentist for adjustments as soon as possible, since this can delay healing.Oral hygiene is very important to a complication-free recovery. However, you should not rinse your mouth the day of your surgery, since it can disturb the development of blood clots that are essential to proper healing. After that first day, rinse your mouth with warm salt-water every four hours and after meals. If you have immediate dentures, they should not be removed until your dentist gives you the OK. After that, they should be removed 3 to 4 times daily to rinse your mouth.
Lastly, good nutrition and proper hydration are critical to the healing process, so be sure you are eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of fluids. You will want to stick to soft foods for the first week or so as your wounds heal, then ease back into your regular diet as tolerated.
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