Immediate Denture Care and Post Op Instructions
Bleeding – After surgery and immediate denture placement, oozing of blood around the dentures is normal and should not be cause for concern. This may cause your saliva to appear reddish for the first 24 hours. The denture acts as a band-aid over the surgical sites and bleeding should gradually lessen over the first several hours. If bleeding seems excessive, please call the office.
Swelling – Some swelling and bruising of the skin around the surgical sites is normal. Ice packs applied against the face for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off as much as possible for the first 24 to 48 hours will lessen potential swelling. Leave your dentures in for the first 24 hours to help prevent swelling. You may remove them the next morning to start your warm salt-water rinses and to gently wash out the inside of the denture. Put your dentures back in immediately after rinsing. For the first several days, avoid removing the dentures for any prolonged periods, as they may be difficult to replace due to swelling. After 48 hours, discontinue ice usage and switch to warm moist heat compresses at the same 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off interval. Begin taking your dentures out at night after the second night to allow your gums to rest. Soak your dentures in a glass of water while you aren’t wearing them.
Rinsing – Do not rinse your mouth with anything for 24 hours following surgery. After 24 hours, begin rinsing with a warm salt-water solution (dissolve ½ teaspoon of table salt in 4 oz. of warm water). Rinse 3-4 times per day for 5 days. Take care to not forcefully spit when done rinsing. If any specific rinse products were recommended for you, begin using them during this time as well.
Diet – Please focus on a highly nutritious diet to aid your body in healing from surgery. Soft foods are advisable for at least 24 hours. You can advance to a regular diet as tolerated. Make sure not to drink through a straw for the first several days. Avoid hot, spicy, crunchy, sticky foods as well as carbonated and hot beverages for the first several days.
Medication – If an antibiotic was prescribed for you, please follow the directions until all the antibiotics are gone. A prescription pain medicine may have been prescribed for you to take only as needed. Over the counter analgesics should be used when sufficient. A combination of Advil (ibuprofen) 600mg and Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1,000mg taken together every 6-8 hours is an effective therapy.
Follow Up Visits – You will be seen within the next several days for your first denture adjustment appointment. Throughout the next couple months, we will add several layers of a soft liner inside the denture to account for tissue changes as you heal from tooth removal. When the healing process in your mouth has finished, new dentures will be made or your immediate dentures will be relined with a permanent material to stabilize their fit.
Denture Care – Please reference the Denture Info and Care Instructions hand out. Do not use denture cleaners or soak your denture with vinegar as the hand out states – those shouldn’t be used on the temporary soft liner in your dentures. Only use water with a gentle soap to gently brush the inside and outside of the dentures. Your permanent denture will not have the temporary liner and can be cleaned as the handout advises.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.