Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed in your mouth right after your teeth are extracted. The shape of your mouth changes quickly for about a month. As the healing process continues, your gums will shrink. Changes can continue for several months. During this time, it is important that you visit your denturist for adjustments.
- Don't take out your denture during the first 24 hours! There may be some oozing of blood for 2-3 days. The denture acts as a bandage to protect the extraction sites and helps to control bleeding and swelling. Keep your head up.
- Take your medication as prescribed by the doctor and get some rest. Do not take medications that you are allergic to. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for infection. All of this medication should be taken as directed unless an allergic reaction develops. If there are signs of an allergic reaction (i.e. rash, itching, unusual swelling) stop taking the medication immediately and call our office. If the reaction is severe (i.e. difficulty breathing), go to the nearest emergency room.
- Put gentle biting pressure on your denture during the first four hours.
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Eat soft healthy foods such as mashed potatoes, soups, eggs or cottage cheese. Drink cool liquids. Be careful with hot foods. The plastic part of the denture may not allow you to feel hot food in some areas of your mouth.
- No alcoholic beverages should be consumed as it will act as a blood thinner.
- With the denture in, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water). before going to bed.
- Carefully remove your denture twice a day and clean it with denture cleaner. With the denture out, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Gently reinsert your denture
Day 3-4 or until your stitches are removed.
- Remove your denture three to four times a day and gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Lightly brush your denture at the same time, and then place in your mouth.
Getting Used to Your Denture
A new denture may feel loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold it in place. You may also feel minor irritation, soreness, cheek-biting, and speech difficulty. It takes practice and patience to eat with dentures. Start with soft foods cut into small portions. Chew slowly and use both sides of your mouth at the same time to keep the denture from moving out of place. Don't bite with your front teeth - that causes your denture to tip and come loose. As you adjust to the denture, add other types of foods until you're back to your normal diet. Although your denture is custom made to fit your mouth, your denturist may suggest using a denture adhesive while you get used to wearing it. Keep in mind that a denture adhesive is only a temporary fix.
Following most dental procedures there may or may not be pain, depending on the patient’s threshold of pain. You will be provided with a prescription for appropriate medication for discomfort. In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen will be given consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin). If a narcotic has been prescribed, follow the directions carefully. If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office, your physician and/or your pharmacist.
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION, NOTIFY DR MORRIS OR A MEMBER OF OUR OFFICE STAFF BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT (780) 790-0088. For emergencies after hours, please call Northern Lights Regional Health Centre at (780) 791-6161