Following multiple extractions, it’s important for patients to follow their dentist’s instructions in order to ensure a safe, speedy, and comfortable recovery.
Continue reading for a list of dos and don’ts for anyone who’s had multiple extractions.
Dos After Multiple Extractions
DO be prepared for swelling following multiple tooth extractions. It usually becomes most evident around days two-and-three and starts to dissipate by day four.
DO expect to experience some jaw and mouth stiffness for four-to-six days post-procedure.
DO apply ice-packs 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours. Stop using ice packs after 48 hours.
DO keep immediate dentures in place. Follow-up with your dentist in 24-48 hours so he can make any adjustments and avoid the formation of sores.
DO rinse your mouth the day after multiple extractions with a mixture of 8 oz. warm water, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Do this three-to-six times per day for one week.
DO resume teeth brushing the second day after surgery.
Don’ts After Multiple Extractions
DON’T be surprised to notice some swelling or discoloration around the eye area.
You can apply warm towels to the area 36 hours after multiple extractions to help alleviate discoloration.
DON’T rinse your mouth the day of surgery.
DON’T forget to stay hydrated with at least 8 glasses of liquids per day and nourished with soft foods like soup, eggs, pasta, ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal or mashed potatoes.
DON’T drink alcohol or carbonated drinks.
DON’T use straws, spit, or tobacco after multiple tooth extractions.
DON’T consume popcorn, seeds, nuts, or other foods that could get trapped in the socket.
DON’T hesitate to contact your dentist with any questions or concerns.
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