Recovering from multiple tooth extractions can be comfortable and healthy if you follow the recommended instructions from our doctor. You may need to pay closer attention to your activities, eating, and dental hygiene so as not to dislodge any of the multiple blood clots that are forming. Within a few weeks, you’ll be back to normal and ready for the next phase of treatment.
Bleeding is expected after your surgery. To manage any bleeding, place gauze over each of the surgical sites and firmly bite down for 30 minutes. This process can be repeated as necessary. You can also bite down on moist tea bags. If you’ve been given a partial or denture, this will also help control bleeding. Contact our office right away if you experience excessive and prolonged bleeding.
Some swelling is normal and may also include bruising around your face. This will be most noticeable 2-3 days after surgery but will subside. To control swelling, apply an ice pack to one or both sides of your face for 30 minutes at a time while you are awake. After 48 hours, switch to applying heat instead.
Temporary numbness around the chin, eyes, and tongue is normal. While this may persist for a few days up to several months, the numbness is rarely permanent. Contact our surgical team in Catonsville, MD if you have concerns or you experience changes in these sensations.
You may experience a significant amount of discomfort for the first few days after surgery as well as a sore throat and elevated temperature. This pain is normal and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Avoid taking medication with alcohol or on an empty stomach to minimize nausea. If you experience worsening pain after four days or develop a fever, contact our office immediately.
Refrain from brushing your remaining teeth or gums for the first 24 hours. This will help to encourage healthy blood clots to form. Warm salt water rinses can resume after the first day and should be completed 5-6 times daily and especially after meals. If you have a partial or denture, it should be removed before rinsing. Brush any remaining teeth while being careful to not disturb the surgical sites.
During the first day following your surgery, drink plenty of water to rehydrate. Your mouth may be too sore to eat foods, so begin with a soft diet such as nutrition shakes that are easy to consume and help give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to heal properly. Avoid using straws and hot foods or drinks. A normal diet can slowly be resumed as you heal.
Avoid strenuous physical activity or exercise for at least two days after surgery. This can harm the surgical sites. During rest, whether sitting or lying down, be sure to keep your head elevated. Avoid driving if you are taking pain medication and do not bend over or lift heavy objects.