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 biting 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 immediate denture unless the bleeding is severe. Expect some oozing around the side of the denture.
Do not rinse your mouth for the first post-operative day or while there is bleeding. After the first day, to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area, use a warm salt water rinse every 4 hours and after meals. (One half teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, remove the denture and rinse it 3 to 4 times a day.
Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods, that are comfortable for you to eat. As the wounds heal, you will be able to advance your diet.
Additional Post Operative Notes
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:
If dentures have been inserted immediately after the operation, 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.