Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures, like extractions and immediate denture work, can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.
- Postoperative swelling and discomfort is expected. Light bleeding first 24hrs is normal; your denture will act as a bandage. If swelling occurs gently apply ice packs to area for 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, continue as needed. Any sutures placed will need to be removed 7 days later.
- Do not remove your denture first 24 hrs or as directed. Then you may remove the denture to rinse out your mouth gently and clean the denture. Reinsert denture back in immediately, to prevent swelling. If swelling occurs your denture might not fit properly.
- Your denture will need to be cleaned daily with brush provided. A denture cleanser can be used if elected, use as directed. After certain amount of healing occurs, usually 2-4 days, you will be directed to take denture out nightly and soak in water or cleaning solution.
- Adequate food and liquid intake following surgery is most important. If you find that eating solid foods is too difficult you may supplement your diet with liquids such as Carnation, Ensure or any liquid meal substitute. Do not use straw.
- Avoid all excessive activities. Do not pick or put your hands in your mouth, and do not drink liquids through straw. Avoid alcoholic beverages and refrain from smoking for 3 or more days to allow healing to become established.
- Normal functions like talking and chewing with the denture at first may be difficult. It is important to chew on both sides with a small piece of food to prevent any rocking. Reading out loud helps with learning to speak properly with denture.
- You may notice an increase in saliva flow at first while wearing your new denture this is normal and will decrease in a few days after wearing your denture.
- Take all medication as prescribed. We suggest Ibuprofen, if you can medically take it, for normal daily activities to help with any discomfort. Take it as directed.
- You may develop sore spots under or around your denture, which may require several adjustments. Over the next several months your bone and tissue will continue to shrink and reshape under your denture, which may require soft relines. After 6 months, a laboratory hard reline is recommended.
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