Expect a small amount of bleeding after the operation. Place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding socket and bite down for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues, bite down on a moist tea bag for 30 minutes. While bleeding is occurring, avoid hot liquids and exercise. Elevate the head. If your bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove immediate dentures unless the bleeding is severe. Oozing around the side of the denture is normal.

Apply ice packs on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice continuously) while you are awake) for the first 36 hours.

Use aspirin, Tylenol, or a similar medication for mild discomfort. Take 2 tablets every 3 to 4 hours. If you prefer Ibuprofen, take 2 to 3 tablets every 3 to 4 hours. If you experience severe pain, use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to lessen in 2 days, or increases after 2 days, please call our office. If Dr. Dale Gallagher prescribed an antibiotic, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms.

Drink plenty of fluids. If many teeth have been extracted, the blood lost needs to be replaced. Drink at least six glasses of liquid the first day.

Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours or while there is bleeding. After the first day, rinse with warm salt water every 4 hours and following meals to flush out food particles that may lodge in the operated area. Use a half teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water. After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out your denture and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.

After extraction, restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods, which are comfortable to eat. As the wounds heal, you will be able to advance to a more normal diet.

Extracting many teeth at one time is quite different than the extraction of one or two teeth. Because the bone must be smoothed and shaped before the insertion of a denture, the following conditions may occur (all of these are considered normal):

  • The treated area will swell and reach a maximum in two days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. Apply a moist, warm towel will eliminate the discoloration more quickly. Apply the towel continuously for as long as is tolerable beginning 36 hours after surgery. Remember that ice packs are to be used for the first 36 hours only.
  • A sore throat may develop because the muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. Swelling of the throat muscles may cause pain. This should subside within 2 to 3 days.
  • If the corners of the mouth are stretched, they may crack and dry out. Keep your lips moist with an ointment like Vaseline.
  • The slight elevation of body temperature is not uncommon for 24 to 48 hours. If the raised temperature persists, call our office.
  • If immediate dentures have been inserted, sore spots may develop. In most cases, your dentist will see you within 24 to 48 hours to relieve those sore spots by making adjustments to your dentures. Failure to do so may result in severe denture sores, which may extend the healing process.

We welcome you to contact our office today with any questions and to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon in Austin, Texas.