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.