We understand that you may have questions about your recent tooth extractions and immediate denture placement. Here are some answers to common concerns to help you through the recovery process.
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After the procedure, rest is key. Avoid any strenuous activities and heavy lifting for the rest of the day. Additionally, try to maintain gentle biting pressure on the denture for the first 24 hours.
You can start rinsing with a saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water) 12 hours after surgery. Rinse gently after every meal and before bedtime.
If you were prescribed pain medication by our team, please take as directed. If you were not prescribed medication, over-the-counter pain relievers such as motrin and tylenol can be used if necessary. But avoid aspirin, as it can increase bleeding.
Apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours. This will help reduce swelling.
Some oozing of blood is normal for the first 24-48 hours. If bleeding persists, bite down on a clean gauze pad or a damp tea bag for 20-30 minutes. If it continues, contact us by calling 833-925-8326 or you can book your emergency dental visit by clicking here.
If you experience severe bleeding, excessive swelling, pain, fever, discomfort or sore spots with the denture that don’t improve, or signs of infection (such as pus, a foul taste, or increasing pain), please call 833-925-8326 so our clinical team can see you asap.
Remove the denture gently and rinse it with warm water after meals. Clean your mouth and denture using a soft toothbrush or gauze, being careful around the surgical site. Do not use toothpaste for the first few days.
Use a denture adhesive only AFTER your gums have healed and per the instructions of your dentist.
Stick to a soft diet for the first week to avoid putting excessive pressure on the surgical site. Opt for foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, and well-cooked pasta. Avoid hard, crunchy, and spicy foods.
Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but avoid using straws as suction can dislodge the denture.
You should have been scheduled for a post op and denture reline appointment within 12-14 days of your surgery. It is normal for your denture to become loose as your bone/gum tissue heals after surgery.
If you do not have a followup appointment scheduled 12-14 days after your immediate denture placement, please call 833-925-8326 so we can book this essential visit ASAP.
Please expect to come in for multiple denture adjustments and alignments over the next several months as your gum/bone tissues continue to heal and change shape. Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments. During these appointments, we will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your denture.
No, your immediate denture is a temporary solution. It is designed to aid in the healing process and maintain aesthetics while your gums heal. If you have not yet decided on the permanent solution that will replace your immediate temporary denture, please call 833-925-8326 so our treatment coordinator team can guide you through the options that are available to you.
The timing for replacing your immediate denture with a permanent solution depends on your individual healing process and the type of tooth replacement solution you are getting. Here are some general guidelines:
We will take into account your specific dental needs, oral health, and the type of permanent denture you plan to receive (e.g., conventional removable dentures, implant-supported overdenture, or fixed denture ).
Our Clinical Team is here for you: Please call us at 833-925-8326, so we can book you with our Temporary Adjustments. In most cases, your immediate denture will require adjustments or relining to ensure a better fit and comfort during the healing process. These adjustments can help you transition more smoothly to a permanent denture.
Your oral health and overall well-being are our top priorities, and we will work with you to achieve the best results while keeping your budget in mind. Remember, it’s crucial to follow our recommendations and be patient during this important transition in your life. Replacing your immediate denture with a permanent solution too early can lead to discomfort, poor fit, and potential complications. In addition, attempting to use your immediate temporary denture as a permanent solution will ultimately exacerbate your discomfort and frustration while living your life without an effective and permanent tooth replacement solution. Please Trust in our expertise to determine the optimal time for the transition.
Remember, everyone’s healing process is unique. Be patient with yourself, and if you ever feel uncertain or need personalized guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Wellness³² Clinical Teams. We’re here to support you throughout your recovery journey.
The sensation of taste and the way you experience flavors can be different when wearing immediate dentures for several reasons:
It’s important to note that once you heal, your immediate dentures can be replaced by a fixed denture solution, that will function more like your natural teeth, in terms of chewing and tasting food.