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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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Denture Post Op Instructions

  

Getting a New Denture

 

Getting a new denture is like getting a new pair of shoes.  It is important to break them in gently.  Take is slow, start with soft, easy to chew foods and don’t irritate the tissue.

 

  • Always clean dentures thoroughly with a brush and water before putting them in your mouth.  
     
  • There are two schools of thought on wearing your new denture overnight.  You may choose to leave your new denture out at night.  Gum tissue heals better when it is allowed to breathe.  On the other hand, you may get used to wearing your new denture faster by wearing it continuously. As a patient, you need to decide what you feel works best for you.    
  • It may be difficult to talk normally with a new denture.  A good way to practice is to read out loud for a period of time everyday.  If you are self conscious about how you sound, go into a room by yourself to read. Your tongue and muscles will get used to the new denture, and you will soon be talking normally. 
  • Sore spots are a very common occurrence. All new dentures need several adjustments to seat completely and comfortably fit your mouth. When you get a sore spot, please call the office for a quick adjustment appointment. Two to three days are a normal time frame to allow a sore spot to start feeling better.
  • Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or if you have any questions.

It is normal to experience some discomfort with any new denture for several days.  

 

 

Getting an Immediate Denture (Denture seated immediately after extractions)

 

·         For the first week, do not remove immediate denture at home.  The doctor will remove it for the first time at your one week check appointment.

 

·         The denture acts as a bandage over the extraction sites.  If the denture does come out on its own, rinse it off and immediately place it back in the mouth.

If the denture is not seated quickly, swelling can occur and you may not be able to get it back in comfortably. 

 

·         After the first week, remove the denture after eating and rinse it off.  Before bed, remove denture and thoroughly clean it.

 

·         There are two schools of thought on wearing your new denture overnight.  You may choose to leave your new denture out at night.  Gum tissue heals better when it is allowed to breathe.  On the other hand, you may get used to wearing your new denture faster by wearing it continuously. As a patient, you need to decide what you feel works best for you.    

 

·          Bone chips are very common.  These usually work out through the tissue by themselves and do not require treatment.  If they become uncomfortable, please call for an appointment.

 

·         Immediate dentures will get loose over time as tissue heals. The denture will need to be relined after approximately six months. 

 

by Bernadette, CDA - December 17, 2009

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Dear Dr. Dilger:

 

It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.

 

Al P.

 

 

 

Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.

 

Molly F.

 

 

 

I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.

 

Debbie E.