New Immediate Denture

What to expect and what to do:

For the first 2-3 days

  • A full denture must be worn full time. The gum tissue will swell up after an extraction, interfering with the fitting of the denture if left out of the mouth.
  • Discomfort is expected as the denture is pressing onto the inflammed gum tissue. Take pain killers as needed.
  • Have soft diet to minimize discomfort. Avoid sticky food that will catch around the denture.

For the first 2-3 weeks

  • A full denture is worn full time but should be taken out for cleaning a few times a day.
  • Rinse onto the socket with chlorhexidine mouthwash using a provided plastic syringe.
  • During this period, the extraction socket will close up and mold into the shape of the denture.

After 3 weeks

  • The denture should be left out at night for hygiene reason.
  • Denture can be cleaned using a toothbrush.
  • Avoid using toothpaste as added abrasives can wear down plastic teeth.
  • Denture should then be rinsed with soap and water to remove any saliva film. If left on the denture, calcium in saliva will form a hard yellow deposit.
  • Denture can be left in a glass of water overnight.

After 2-6 months

  • The bone level will shrink as part of the healing process causing the denture to become loose.
  • A denture will need to be relined.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the clinic at (03) 9908 2138

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