Multiple Extractions

If you are preparing for multiple extractions, Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery can offer some guidance on how to handle recovery, and what to expect. A small amount of bleeding is normal following the operation. If bleeding occurs, place a gauze pad directly over the bleeding socket and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes.

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.

Removal of Multiple Teeth

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 will swell reaching a maximum in two days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a moist warm 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 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 Vaseline. 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 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.

Bleeding

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 the Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery office immediately. Do not remove immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.

Pain

Use ice packs (externally) 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 use aspirin, Tylenol or any similar medication; two tablets every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg can be taken 2-3 tablets every 3-4 hours.

For severe pain use the prescription given to you. If the pain does not begin to subside in 2 days, or increases after 2 days, please call the Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery office. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, finish your prescription regardless of your symptoms.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. If many teeth have been extracted, the blood lost at this time needs to be replaced. Drink at least six glasses of liquid the first 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.

Oral Hygiene

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery recommends not rinsing your mouth for the first postoperative day, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse every 4 hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area (one half teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out denture and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.

Insurance Information

Your insurance company may pay for part or all of the cost of surgery if the procedure is performed as a result of visual impairment. Because every insurance carrier is different, it is recommended that you check with your own insurance company to determine the level of coverage.

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center Locations

Springdale

2926 West Huntsville Avenue
Springdale, AR 72762

Phone: 479-582-3000
Fax: 479-927-3085
springdale@os.inc

 

Fayetteville

3996 N. Frontage Road (near the intersection of Joyce and College Blvd)
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: 479-582-3002
Fax: 479-582-2840
fayetteville@os.inc

 

 

Harrison

520 N Pine Street
Harrison, AR 72601

Phone: 870-741-3877
Phone: 870-741-2406
harrison@os.inc