After the Removal of Multiple Teeth

Home Instructions After the Removal of Multiple Teeth

The removal of many teeth at one time can be quite different from the extraction of one or two teeth. The bone often 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 24–36 hours.
  • 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®.
  • 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.
  • If you develop nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, change in vision, or other serious symptoms, call our office immediately.