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Old 12-18-2006, 04:03 AM   #1
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Post-extraction aftercare

Hi. I recently had two left-side molars removed; the upper & lower ones. The upper one was removed two weeks ago &, after a little bleeding, has healed fine; the gum seems to have folded over & protected it. The lower one, however, which was extracted last Wednesday, has been giving me continual pain. I've been taking about five asprin & five ibuprofen per day & this big hole has just remained sore & open. I had also been noticing a strange taste in my throat, which I thought may have been the aftertaste of the painkillers, but last night I wiped the inside of the lower tooth cavity & took out some brown, rancid-smelling blood. So, some questions:
Is an open cavity after an extraction normal?
Is pain normal a week after having teeth removed?
Should I be doing anything to remove this rotten blood?

Many thanks.

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Old 12-18-2006, 02:58 PM   #2
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Re: Post-extraction aftercare


You are in the same boat I am in and I am hating it at this point, I had my very far right molar extracted this past Friday and it is really bothering me. They had to put a couple of stitches in it. Even though I am on antibiotics I am worried about food getting lodged inside and causing a serious infection

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Old 12-19-2006, 10:05 AM   #3
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Re: Post-extraction aftercare

It helps to be prepared

Having dental surgeries need not be over whelming. I have found tips and tricks that have made the day easier. Surgery of any kind is not fun but if you are prepared it isn't so bad. I am not a dentist or medical professional. So remember ultimately you are to follow your Doctor's instructions first. These are ideas that that can make a big difference in being prepared.

Dental Surgery After Care
What should I expect after surgery?

Following are symptoms you can expect to experience after dental treatment under general anesthesia. You may experience:

* Slight bleeding from the mouth if teeth have been removed
* Nausea or vomiting
* Pain in the mouth, jaw or neck
* A slight rise in temperature for 24 hours
* Drowsiness for several hours after returning home

Activity and care guidelines

* Insist on rest and quiet activities for 24 hours after surgery
* Your activities needs to be monitored for the rest of the day you appear unsteady due to the medications given
* Do not allow use straws for 48 hours if he / she has teeth removed
* Brush his / her teeth the same day of surgery being careful not to touch surgical site.


* Begin diet with clear liquids such as apple juice, soft to include milk and soft foods. Keep on a soft diet for 24 hours if any tooth / teeth was / were removed.

Advance to a regular diet as tolerated.

It is very important to drink plenty of fluids.


* An acetaminophen product (Tylenol®, Panadol®) may be given every four to six hours to help relieve pain and elevated temperature. Other medications may be suggested by your doctor.

* Avoid use of aspirin and Pepto-Bismol® products.

Call the doctor

* If vomiting persists for more than four hours
* If temperature remains above 101°F (38.3°C) for over 24 hours
* If you have difficulty breathing
* If you are unable to control the pain with acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or any other prescribed medication
* If you have any other questions or concerns

Follow-up care
A follow-up appointment should be made as indicated by the dentist.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:09 AM   #4
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Re: Post-extraction aftercare

Anita’s Tips & Tricks
Tried and True

MY FAVORITE TIP: Another really cool trick is to look

for a squeeze bottle like a mustard container. I bought some

great ones at the store made by Rubbermaid. It really hurts to

get stuff in open wounds in the mouth and rather hard to remove.

So with these containers you can fill them with drinks or soups

and they can squirt them to the back of the mouth and swallow.

When feeding them you can only at first give nothing warmer

than lukewarm to eat. Cold things are wonderful too. You

can even use the bottles to help with squirting water gently

into the mouth for cleaning.

Remember no soda or anything carbonated to drink. Of course

with children they do not need to worry about smoking but

for adults no smoking as the sucking can cause bleeding and

interfere with clotting. Be careful not dislodge clots in wounds.

Do not get large pieces in sores as it can cause infection.

Another cool idea is, if you still have baby spoons on hand.

A baby spoon is great for them to eat ice cream with as they can

turn it upside down and use the tongue to pull off the ice cream

and not the sore lips; a regular spoon is rather big. Cream of

chicken soup (pick out big pieces is great, as they will not go

through the spout) it tastes so good after you haven't had

anything for a while. The first day or two be careful of oatmeal,

cream of wheat, even applesauce and such. Why? These items have

pieces that can go down into the wounds and it is difficult to remove.

Wow does it ever hurt to get those pieces in the sores and you

cannot swish hard enough to get them out.

For my kids believe it or not I made then breakfast with baby food

oatmeal. Made it up in the squeeze bottle and even mixed it with

a protein drink like ensure or boost. Sounds awful but it tasted

good and they really liked it. Again remember that having to feed

them like this is only for about a day or two.

I even used the boost in ice cream milk shakes as it gives

them vitamins and good nutrition is vital to quick healing. If

they object then do not tell them. My daughter didn't know that her

milk shakes had this in it. I told her later and she said that

they were really good and she knew they were more healthier that


Don’t forget to have them drink plenty of liquids like water,

apple juice. Do not give them tomato or orange juice or lemonade.

OUCH! Will burn like crazy. Watch tomato based foods too at first.

ICE—ICE—ICE: Very important. Keep the head elevated. This helps

with swelling and the ice helps with pain too.

If brushing after meals do so very gently. Put ˝ tsp salt in

8 oz warm water and have them just hold the salt water in the

mouth and just let it run out into the sink. NO spitting.

Take pain medication 1/2 hour before time because if you keep

ahead of the pain it will not get overwhelming.
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:05 AM   #5
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Re: Post-extraction aftercare

Thanks for the advice, folks. It's actually not been hurting as much since I posted that message & I've stopped taking the painkillers. Prodding around in the cavity, I don't think there's any bone exposed, but it is there is still some pain if I touch in there. Presumably, this will stop when it's fully healed, right? Just one more question while I'm at it: is the cavity supposed to fully heal over eventually?
Thanks again.

Old 12-21-2006, 02:24 PM   #6
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Re: Post-extraction aftercare

Hi Chamach

How are you doing today. I went back to the dentist and they gave me a syringe and told me to keep the wound cleaned out by squirting salt water into it. The pain was coming from food getting in the open sore and bacteria was forming causing the discomfort. I also found that gargling with salt water a couple of times a day helps.

Old 12-23-2006, 12:09 PM   #7
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Re: Post-extraction aftercare

I'm better now, mskubic. I've just been wrapping some tissue on a matchstick & dabbing around in there; it seems to be healing ok. Thanks for your concern, hope you're doing well too :-)

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