Originally Posted by MouthyMom
I just had full mouth extractions including impacted wisdom teeth performed on Friday (it's Monday now). The extraction of the top left wisdom tooth caused a small tear in the sinus. I am still quite swollen and sore, but I am told that is normal??? Anyway, the instructions I was sent home with are less than helpful as they seem to be for general periodontal surgery and not full mouth extractions. The instructions feature unhelpful advice such as "eat soft foods on the opposite side of your mouth". I haven't had anything that wasn't a liquid since Friday and family members keep telling me to eat soft foods, but I am afraid to. I don't want to do anything that might cause an infection or other problem.
Background details: I am 32-years-old and have not had any sort of dental or health insurance since I was 18. The gingivitis that was being treated in my teens progressed rapidly into peridontitis without dental care. Despite my best at home efforts, I found myself with teeth that were falling out due to the severe gum disease. Being a low income person, I have had to go to a dental school to have the extractions. My graduate student dentist is awesome and has provided excellent care. Unfortunately, phone communication with the dental school leaves something to be desired. There was no immediate denture placed to keep the cost down. I have to wait 6 weeks for everything to heal before I can be fitted for my dentures and in 3 months, I will have to go in for another surgery to have two implants placed on the bottom. I go in for a recheck on Thursday, but advice between now and then would be appreciated.
Anyway, I rinse 3 times a day with the prescription mouthwash he gave me. I take 800 mg of ibuprofen every 5 hours. I am on a strictly liquid diet that leaves me very lethargic. Is there anything else I could/should be doing? Any help or advice is great. Thank you.
Try salt water rinses as well (very healing)and get yourself on probiotics to counteract the antibiotics.
I've been taking a homeopathic remedy called injury/trauma complex that has really helped me with other surgeries. I order it online.
Lots of Vit C will help as well.
Frankly, I think ha;f of American dental problems is due to low grade scurvy from lack of enough Vit C.
Scurvy makes your teeth fall out.
Above all, listen to your body and rest if that's what it tells you to do. Don't over exert