After the Removal of Multiple Teeth
If you have several teeth severely damaged by decay, gum disease, or any other condition, you might need to have them extracted. Multiple teeth removal is different from single extraction as it involves the extraction of several teeth. Our experts at Pacific Maxillofacial Center are equipped to perform multiple teeth removal procedures. We understand that you might have questions regarding this procedure.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Multiple Teeth Extraction?
It takes about three weeks to recover from multiple teeth extraction. As mentioned, this procedure differs from single-tooth extraction as it affects various teeth. Therefore, it might take longer to recover depending on the number of teeth removed. Expect similar side effects as is the case with standard extractions. You will experience some swelling around the extraction sites and mild discomfort that can be treated with antibiotics and painkillers. Our team will advise you on how to recover from multiple teeth extraction.
What Do I Need to Do After Having Multiple Teeth Removed?
After having multiple teeth removed, expect some bleeding from the extraction site. You should expect some swelling as a side effect of the procedure. To minimize swelling and its effects, apply an ice bag, a towel, or a plastic bag filled with ice on the outside cheek of the extraction site. You should apply the ice for about 20 minutes every hour during the first 48 hours.
This helps manage the swelling and reduce discomfort after the surgery. If you are feeling mild pain, our team will recommend over the counter medications that help relieve it. However, if you are feeling severe pain, we recommend you come to our offices immediately for a check-up. The pain should significantly reduce within two days of taking prescription painkillers. Remember to finish your prescription even if the pain is gone. This helps prevent relapses and related side effects.
Another thing you should do after multiple teeth extraction is to drink plenty of fluids. Drinking fluids is crucial because it helps replace the blood lost during extraction. We advise that you drink at least five glasses of liquid in the first 24 hours after the procedure. Avoid rinsing your mouth when drinking liquids, as it might interfere with recovery. After the first 24 hours, you can use warm salt water to rinse your mouth and get rid of food particles and stuck debris. Doing so helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria that might result in oral infections.
Are There Any Side Effects That I Need to Watch Out For?
Multiple teeth removal has several side effects that you should look out for. Some of them include the following:
||Swelling: Swelling is the most common side effect of multiple teeth removal. Tooth extraction normally causes a minor swelling in the cheek. You are likely to experience swelling 24 hours after multiple teeth removal. Thankfully, there are several ways you can reduce swelling. For instance, you can place ice packs on the affected area to keep it comfortable.
||Tender Mouth: You might also have a tender mouth after extraction. Multiple teeth removal can cause minor discomfort and a tender mouth near the affected area. The best way to manage this side effect is to stick to a soft diet during the first few days. Our experts recommend that you consume foods like smoothies, soup, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and soft vegetables in the first week after the extraction.
||Moderate Pain: It is common to feel moderate pain or discomfort around the extraction site. If you experience this feeling, our professionals will prescribe painkillers, which may include ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, when taking these medications, you must strictly adhere to the prescription notes and never exceed the required level. If these medications don't treat the pain, call our offices immediately. We will have you come into the office, and our professionals will examine the problem.
||Face discoloration: Although rare, face discoloration is a side effect of multiple teeth extraction. The discoloration often happens around the cheeks on the side of the extractions. You shouldn't worry about this side effect as it fades away after a few days. Avoid using skincare products to try and fix the situation, as they might worsen it.
When Can I Stop Using Gauze After Multiple Tooth Extractions?
You can stop using gauze after seeing very little blood accumulation on the gauze pads. Generally, a particular amount of bleeding is expected after multiple teeth extractions. The more the number of teeth removed, the more the bleeding. You can control the level of bleeding after the extraction procedure.
For instance, you can do so by wiping or rinsing any old clots from your mouth and then carefully placing a gauze pad over the open wound. After that, bite on it firmly for about 15 minutes. Repeat the process and keep changing the pad every 15 minutes. The amount of blood deposited on the pad will decrease after every change. If you don't notice any blood on the pad, it is time to stop.
What Can I Eat After Multiple Teeth Removal?
You should stick to eating soft foods for the first 24 hours after multiple teeth removal. Soft foods and liquids are ideal because they don't interfere with recovery. Our team recommends that you stick with easy-to-chew foods that cannot dislodge the blood clot. Some of the ideal foods to eat during this time include pudding, yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and ice cream. However, don't choose ice cream that contains chewy or crunchy candy pieces.
When Can I Use a Straw After Tooth Extraction?
You can only use a straw after the extraction site has fully healed. Using a straw after tooth extraction can affect healing because it may dislodge the blood clot. This increases the risk of bleeding.
Can I Smoke After Getting Multiple Teeth Removed?
You shouldn't smoke after multiple teeth removal for at least a week. Doing so increases the risk of complications that often result in severe consequences. Our team advises that you avoid smoking until the wound is fully recovered.
Call to Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you need multiple teeth removal procedures, our team at Pacific Maxillofacial Center is ready to help. We will help fix your dental problems by performing an effective extraction procedure.
Call us today at 808-585-8455 for more information on multiple teeth removal.