Post Op Instructions
Getting a New
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
- 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
- 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
- Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or if you have any
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
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
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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