Post Op Instructions For Dentures

Post Op Instructions For Dentures

The following will help you to use and properly care for your new denture.

  • It is normal to experience some discomfort, sore spots and speech problems while getting used to your new dentures. Your dentures will need a few adjustments until you are comfortable. To help with speech, read aloud for a few minutes every day. Your mouth will adjust, and your speech will improve.
  • Your bite will need to be adjusted as your dentures settle.
  • It is important to clean your denture with a denture brush and a mild toothpaste. Soaking your denture once a week in denture cleaner (eg; Polident) will keep them clean.
  • You should leave your dentures out for at least six hours to allow your gums to rest. Food particles trapped under the denture cause inflammation and sore spots. Brush the roof of your mouth as well as your gums and tongue. This will help keep your mouth healthy.
  • For partial dentures with metal clasps, special care should be taken while inserting and removing them. Keep your partials and remaining natural teeth absolutely clean to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
  • You should return to have your dentures and mouth check at least once a year. As changes in the mouth occur with further bone loss and wear on the teeth. These changes will make the denture not fit right thus causing trauma to your gums and bone leading to continuing damage.
  • With proper care we expect you to have years of satisfied use of your dentures. However, over time, there are changes in your jawbone and gums. When this occurs, your dentures/partials will feel loose and may require relining. Wearing ill-fitting dentures/partials for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Please call our office if these symptoms occur.

Post Op Instructions Following a Deep Cleaning

Scaling and Root Planing therapy (Deep Cleaning) involves removing bacterial plaque and tartar from the root surface below the gum line. This reduces inflammation/infection and allows re-attachment of the gums to the root surface. The depth of the periodontal pockets is reduced thus allowing more efficient flossing and brushing.

For the First 24 Hours:

  • Do not eat or drink hot foods until the effect of anesthetic wears off.
  • Do not smoke or consume alcoholic beverages for at least 48 hours.
  • Do not eat food that is extreme in temperature or spicy.

Things to Do:

  • For any discomfort, you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Consume a soft diet for a day or two and chew on of opposite side of the treated area.
  • Rinse with a warm salt water rinse, one teaspoon in an 8 oz. glass of water, three times a day.
  • Gently brush and floss the treated area for a few days. Then resume normal brushing in a week or until the soreness is gone. 
  • Rinse with chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex) if prescribed, for at least 30 seconds twice daily.

As the gums heal they will appear to be pink, less swollen, and will bleed less when you floss.

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