Denture Postoperative Care

Postoperative Care for Extractions with Immediate Dentures

  • Take pain medication prior to anesthetic wearing off.
  • Keep biting with firm pressure for 1 hour to help control bleeding.
  • Do not remove denture(s) for the first 24 hours to help control swelling.
  • Change gauze as needed by folding in half and tucking in cheeks to soak up fluids.
  • Rest for at least 24 hours following surgery, more if needed.
  • Do not rinse within the first 24 hours. The postoperative appointment will be the first time you should rinse. Following that, you need to rinse 2 times a day with warm salt water or medicated mouth rinse if prescribed.
  • Keep denture(s) in mouth for the first 3 nights, after this removed overnight and soak in water.
  • For the first 3 days avoid smoking, drinking through straws, vigorous swishing, spitting, carbonated fluids and hot temperatures.
  • Your diet should consist of soft foods; such as yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, etc.
  • Do not disturb extraction sites or sutures.
  • Be aware that speaking, eating and swallowing will be difficult at first. You can practice speaking by reading out loud.
  • You will return in 10 days for a soft tissue conditioner to assist the denture(s) in fitting during the dealing period.
  • If you have uncontrollable bleeding, sore spots from the denture or any other questions about denture postoperative care please call Olympic Dental and Denture today.