After the Removal of Multiple Teeth With Denture
A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following the operation. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding site and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes to an hour. REPEAT AS NECESSARY. It often takes several hours for firm continuous pressure to stop mouth bleeding. If bleeding continues, a moist tea bag can be used, as the tannic acid in the tea promotes clotting. Avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Use ice packs (externally) on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice for the first 36 hours only. Apply ice continuously while you are awake.
For mild discomfort use a Tylenol or any similar medication; two tablets every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg can be taken 2-3 tablets every 3-4 hours.
For severe pain use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to subside in 2 days, or increases after 2 days, please call our office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms. If you experience stomach upset, rash or itching, please call the office we may need to change your medication.
Drink plenty of fluids. If many teeth have been extracted, the blood lost at this time needs to be replaced. Drink at least six glasses of liquid the first day.
Do not rinse your mouth for the first post-operative day, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse every 4 hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. (One teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water).
If you were given a immediate denture to wear, you should leave it in your mouth for 24 hours. It is OK to sleep with it in the first night. Thereafter you must remove the denture every night to allow your gums and mouth to rest. Leaving the denture in for the first 24 hours helps control the swelling of the gums, and the denture will act like a “band-aid” and protect the gums. After you have seen your dentist for a denture adjustment, take out the denture and rinse 6 to 8 times a day.
Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods, which are comfortable for you to eat. As the surgical site heals, you will be able to advance your diet.
The removal of many teeth at one time is quite different than the extraction of one or two teeth. Because the bone must be shaped and smoothed prior to the insertion of a denture, the following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
- The area operated on will swell reaching a maximum in three days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a moist warm towel will help eliminate the discoloration quicker. The towel should be applied continuously for as long as tolerable beginning 36 hours after surgery (remember ice packs are used for the first 3 days or as long as there is pain).
- A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. Swelling into the throat muscles can cause pain. This is normal and should subside in 2-3 days.
- If the corners of the mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment like Vaseline. There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24-48 hours. If temperature continues, notify our office.
If immediate dentures have been inserted, sore spots may develop. In most cases, your dentist will see you within 24-48 hours after surgery and make the necessary adjustments to relieve those sore spots. Failure to do so may result in severe denture sores, which may prolong the healing process.