Multiple Tooth Extractions Portland OR
Your teeth are an essential feature of your mouth, responsible for many important tasks. They enable you to bite and chew food, as well as speak. They also provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. Taking care of your teeth is crucial for keeping them strong and healthy. At Downtown Dental Care we do everything we can to help you maintain the health of your teeth and mouth. Should your teeth be faced with damage, decay, or other issues, we look at every option available to save them. Sometimes, however, the teeth cannot be saved, and need to be extracted. In some cases, multiple teeth need to be extracted. Removing multiple teeth is different from removing one. If you need several teeth extracted, we will provide you with specific care instructions to help you heal.
Why Might You Need Several Teeth Extracted?
There are several reasons why you may need to have multiple teeth extracted. One of the most common reasons for needed teeth extractions is gum disease. When bacteria irritate your gums, the tissue swells and pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into the pockets and attack your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. This causes your teeth to become loose. It can also cause a serious infection. Other causes of tooth loss include oral trauma and tooth decay. Teeth affected by these issues need to be extracted when the damage is beyond the aid of root canals, fillings, crowns, or other restorative options. Here is some of what you can expect following your multiple tooth extractions.
Managing Pain and Swelling
Both pain and swelling are common following tooth extractions. Pain can often be managed with over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol. We may also provide you with a prescription for stronger pain medication should you need it.
To aid with swelling, use ice for the first 24 hours. Wrap the ice in a towel and hold it against the cheek for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Repeat as often as necessary. Between 24 and 48 hours following your extractions, moist heat should be used. The heat can help to reduce your swelling, and you're bruising, faster.
Dealing with Bleeding
Some bleeding may occur after your extractions. Place gauze pads over the surgical sites and bite down with gentle pressure. This will help to stop bleeding.
It is important to limit your activities following your extractions, especially during the first 24 hours. Keep your head elevated, even while lying down. Avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects, or doing anything that will elevate your heart rate. These can increase your risk of bleeding, swelling, and pain. As you heal, you can slowly resume your normal activities.
What to Eat
A healthy diet can aid in the healing process. However, your mouth will be understandably sore. For this reason, you will want to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew while you heal. During the first couple of days, you may even want to stick to just liquids. Make sure the foods you eat are nutrient dense. Foods to consider include smoothies, yogurt, eggs, sweet potatoes, and more. Avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods. As you heal, you can slowly resume your normal diet.
Taking care of your mouth is essential for preventing an infection while you heal. Avoid rinsing and spitting during the first 24 hours. After this time, it is recommended to rinse with a salt water solution every few hours, which aids in removing debris and killing bacteria. Brush and floss your remaining teeth, taking extra care around the surgical sites so that you don’t irritate the tissue or dislodge clots.
By following your specific aftercare instructions, you can help to ensure that your recovery from multiple tooth extractions goes smoothly. However, if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, excessive swelling or a fever, it is important that you call the office right away. If you have any questions either before your extractions or during your recovery, do not hesitate to call Downtown Dental Care at (503) 420-7600 today.