• 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 firm pressure for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, a moist tea bag can be used for 30 minutes. If bleeding occurs, avoid hot liquids, exercise, and elevate the head. If bleeding persists, call our office immediately. Do not remove your immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
  • Use ice on the same side of the face as the operated area. Apply ice for the first 36 hours only. Apply ice continuously while you are awake.
  • For mild discomfort, Advil, Aleve or Tylenol may be taken.
  • For pain, use the prescription given to you. If your soreness does not begin to subside in 2 days, please call our office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Drink at least six 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 salt water rinse 8 – 10 times daily. (1/4 half teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 ounces of warm water.)
  • After 48 hours, take out your denture and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods, which are comfortable for you to eat. 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 prior to the insertion of a denture, the following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
    • The area operated on may swell reaching a maximum in 2-3 days. Discoloration may also occur. The application of low heat will help eliminate the discoloration quicker. A warm moist towel or heating pad (on low setting) should be applied continuously beginning 36 hours after surgery (remember ice packs are used for the first 36 hours only).
    • A sore throat may develop. The muscles of the throat are near the extraction sites. Swelling into 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 chapstick. There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24-48 hours. If temperature continues, notify our office.
    • If immediate dentures have been inserted, sore spots may develop. In most cases, your doctor will see you at 24 and 48 hours after surgery to 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.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. William Curry and Monte Butler manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.


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