Post-Operative Instructions: Multiple Extractions

  • A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following the operation. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding socket and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, a moist tea bag can be used for 30 minutes. If bleeding occurs, avoid hot liquids and 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. Two ice packs or a bag of frozen peas should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. The ice packs should be applied 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, without direct contact with the skin. After 24 hours, ice has no beneficial effect.
  • For mild discomfort, 2–3 tablets (200 mg) of ibuprofen (also known as Advil® or Motrin®) can be taken 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.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. If many teeth have been extracted, the blood lost at this time needs to be replaced. Drink at least 6 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 water rinse every 4 hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris which may lodge in the operated area. After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out the denture and rinse 3–4 times a day.
  • Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods that are comfortable for you to eat. We recommend a soft food diet consisting of foods such as chunky soup, mashed potatoes, ravioli, etc., rather than foods such as applesauce, Jell-O®, broth, pudding, and yogurt, which have minimal substance and could result in an upset stomach, nausea, and/or vomiting. As the wounds heal, 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 before 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 2–3 days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a warm moist 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 48 hours only.)
    • A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. Swelling of 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 the 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.