After the Removal of Teeth for Denture Wear
DO NOT rinse vigorously, spit, gargle, use a straw, or create commotion near the surgical site. These activities may cause bleeding to start or may cause loss of blood clots and development of dry sockets. You may clear your mouth of blood by taking a mouth full of ice water or mouth wash, rolling your head from side to side, and then lean over the sink letting the fluid fall out of your mouth.
DO NOT smoke or use smokeless tobacco. These activities may cause bleeding to start, may cause loss of blood clots and the development of dry sockets. They may also contribute to infection in the surgery sites.
Take your prescribed medicine as directed. Continue any medication your physician may have prescribed. Try not to take medication all at one time. This may upset your stomach. If you have had an IV Sedation or General Anesthesia, or are taking strong pain medication do not drive or operate hazardous equipment or engage in activities that require physical stress or mental alertness for at least 24 hours afterwards.
Try to keep your dentures in place until the next day. This will aid in controlling swelling. About 24 hours after surgery, you may remove your denture(s). Rinse the dentures with water and brush them gently with an ordinary soft toothbrush. Do not disturb any temporary relining material.
Ask your dentist about the use of denture adhesives. Until the gums have healed and the denture has been relined or refitted, you may find some adhesive helps with denture stability and retention. Do not apply excessive amounts and do not apply to any area where it may contact sutures and cause them to be pulled out. In the upper denture, a small amount on the area that covers the roof of the mouth or palate may be helpful. In the lower denture, apply to areas where no surgery was done.
Learning to wear and function with a new denture does take some time. You may notice increased saliva production. This will diminish with time. Speech may require extra effort for a while but you will adjust. If you develop sores under the denture or at the periphery, your dentist will need to make adjustments. If the bite is uncomfortable, additional adjustments can be made. In most cases, as you heal and the surgery sites mature, the denture will need to be relined or refitted. Talk to your dentist about when this should be done. If the denture remains loose or unstable, ask about dental implants as a way to fix or stabilize the denture.
Have someone stay with you following surgery to help you with your needs. Do not get up too quickly or you may experience dizziness or fainting spells. While reclining after your surgery, cover your pillow with a towel. If you drool or ooze, the clean-up will be easier. If you are inactive, it is important to take frequent deep breaths and to passively exercise your calves and legs.
CALL THE OFFICE IF:
1. You have any questions or problems.
2. Uncontrollable bleeding occurs.
3. You experience discomfort that is not relieved by your medication.
4. Swelling develops or increases later than 2 or 3 days after surgery.
5. You develop an elevated temperature.
6. You think you are having an adverse reaction to any prescribed medication.