Posted on 1/20/2016 by Front Office
|If you will be having multiple teeth extracted, it is common to be a little nervous about the procedure and your recovery. However, by knowing what to expect after the extraction, you can be better prepared for this dental procedure.
Bleeding and OozingIt is perfectly common to experience mild to moderate bleeding and oozing for up to 48 hours after your procedure. To treat, you can place gauze over the surgical area and bite down for 30-45 minutes in order to stop the bleeding. Be sure to keep your head elevated and brush your teeth gently during this time so as to not disturb any clots.
Pain and DiscomfortUnfortunately, pain and discomfort are common with any oral surgery, and extracting multiple teeth is no exception. You'll be given prescription pain medication, and you should begin taking it about four hours after your procedure. Be sure to take the medication as directed, and never take it on an empty stomach.
Nausea is also common after surgery, and you should be sure to give your stomach plenty of time to settle down gradually. Eating soft foods can be helpful, as can taking sips of flat soda. Be sure to get plenty of fluids, and never take any pain medication with an upset stomach.
Mouth RinsesIt is essential to keep your mouth clean after your extraction surgery. To do this, gently rinse out the mouth with a warm salt water solution, and repeat as often as you'd like. You should also start on your normal dental hygiene routine as soon as you are feeling up to it.
Oral surgery and swelling tend to go hand-in-hand. Swelling can actually be minimized by using an ice pack within the first 48 hours following surgery. Be sure to rotate the ice pack for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off. After the first 48 hours, the ice pack should be switched out for warm heat.
Please contact us if you have any questions about teeth extractions.