Post-Operative Instructions for Immediate Dentures
Bleeding may occur which may last for several hours. Biting on gauze with light pressure for approximately one (1) hour should stop the bleeding. If bleeding has not stopped, replace the old gauze with new clean gauze; lay in a semi-reclined position with your head propped up on your pillows and continue to bite on the gauze for two (2) hours.
*** It is important to leave your dentures in for the next seventy-two (72) hours, to assure proper maintenance of your blot clots as the blood clots are very important for healing***
Do not remove dentures from your mouth,
Do not spit
Do not Rinse
Do not suck through a straw
Do not smoke or drink or alcohol
Do not take sleeping or tranquilizing drugs
Do not drive, cook or operate heavy machinery
Do not sleep on your back. Please sleep on your side
Start with cool liquids(ginger ale/coke),
Day 2 you may now gently rinse your mouth, but keeping your dentures in. Use warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 6 ounces of water). Rinse after all meals and before bedtime.
Day 3 Remove your dentures to clean and refresh, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and gently brush and floss your natural remaining teeth, place your dentures back into your mouth immediately.
***If you cannot remove your dentures or get them back in, please call the office (301)843-6171***
- It is important to understand that you may experience pain and discomfort.
- It is also important to complete the medications prescribed to you.
- Your dentures may feel bulky when you first get them, this is to allow for swelling which commonly occurs. As you continue to heal, your gums will shrink and your bone will reshape. Your dentures will become looser and may feel even bulkier, liners will be placed to improve fit and comfort (at 12 weeks and again in 1 year)
- If stitches have been placed, they typically will dissolve in about a week.
5. The first few weeks with your new immediate denture may be very challenging to the point of regret, but know that we will do all that we can to make this new experience healthy and positive.