Many of the patients we treat come to us for the removal of multiple teeth – particularly if they are having wisdom teeth removed or preparing to get dental implants. Though this is very commonplace at our office, having several teeth removed at once is very different than having just one or two extracted. Patients should understand that multiple tooth extraction procedures are surgical in nature and will require a post-operative care and recovery period. We provide careful instructions to help minimize pain, reduce swelling and lower the risk of post-procedural complications.

Did You Know… 

Did you know that smoking, spitting and drinking through a straw are some of the worst things you can do after an extraction? The sucking motion of spitting, smoking, and also using a straw can dislodge the blood clot causing a very painful condition know as dry socket. This however does heal on its own just takes longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I manage pain after my procedure?

While it is normal to experience some pain after having multiple teeth removed, we do our best to help minimize discomfort in the hours and days following the procedure. This may include the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications. It is also important to take any antibiotics prescribed to you, as an infection can hinder the healing process and cause pain at the site of the extraction. Icing the area 20 minutes on and off for a few hours helps with swelling. Chew softer foods.

Can I brush my teeth after the procedure?

We will provide you with very specific instructions for maintaining your oral hygiene after your procedure. A clean mouth helps prevent infections and expedites the healing process. You may be able to brush any remaining teeth within 24 hours of surgery. 

Is there anything else I should expect after having multiple teeth extracted?

There are several circumstances that may be unique to certain patients following a multiple tooth extraction. It is also normal for some patients to experience a slightly elevated temperature and numbness of the lips, chin and tongue immediately following the procedure. These are not reasons for alarm; however you should contact our office if any of these symptoms persist the day after your surgery you should contact our office if maximum swelling exceeds 72 hours, a fever, or a hard golf ball swelling in cheek.