What to Expect after the Removal of Multiple Teeth
Many of the patients we treat come to us for the removal of multiple teeth – particularly if they are having wisdom teeth removed or preparing to get dental implants. Though this is very commonplace at our office, having several teeth removed at once is very different than having just one or two extracted. Patients should understand that multiple tooth extraction procedures are surgical in nature and will require a post-operative care and recovery period. We provide careful instructions to help minimize pain, reduce swelling and lower the risk of post-procedural complications.
Did you know…
Did you know that smoking or drinking from a straw is one of the worst things you can do after having several teeth extracted? Following a tooth removal, blood clots around the extraction site, aiding in the healing process. The sucking motion required to use a straw or cigarette, however, can dislodge this clot, causing a very painful condition known as dry socket.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I manage pain after my procedure?
While it is normal to experience some pain after having multiple teeth removed, we do our best to help minimize discomfort in the hours and days following the procedure. This may include the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications. It is also important to take any antibiotics prescribed to you, as an infection can hinder the healing process and cause pain at the site of the extraction.
Can I brush my teeth after the procedure?
We will provide you with very specific instructions for maintaining your oral hygiene after your procedure. A clean mouth helps prevent infections and expedites the healing process. You may be able to brush any remaining teeth within 24 hours of surgery. However, it will be important to rinse the surgical site several times a day to keep it free of debris beginning the day after your extractions.
Is there anything else I should expect after having multiple teeth extracted?
There are several circumstances that may be unique to certain patients following a multiple tooth extraction. For example, some people experience nausea and vomiting in reaction to medications administered during the procedure. It is also normal for some patients to experience a slightly elevated temperature and numbness of the lips, chin and tongue immediately following the procedure. These are not reasons for alarm; however you should contact our office if any of these symptoms persist the day after your surgery.