After Removal of Multiple Teeth and Insertion of Denture
- Frequently, the dentures will feel very loose. This is related to variations in the jaw structure of the model used to create the denture and the actual shape of the ridge after teeth are removed. Please refrain from using any adhesives or denture paste in the region of the fresh wounds until they are fully healed.
- Leave your denture in place for 24 hours. This will help with clot formation and minimize bleeding. It will also help minimize swelling in the gingiva immediately after the extractions. If the denture(s) are removed during this period and swelling occurs, it may not be possible to wear denture(s) again until swelling resolves which can take several days.
- You may develop sore spots and possible ulceration where the dentures are contacting the gums. Though uncomfortable, this is normal and should improve with time, as long as you see your dentist/denturist for regular adjustments.
- You must see your dentist/denturist within the first 72 hours after surgery and make the necessary adjustments to relieve denture(s). Failure to do so may result in severe sore spots or ulcerations, which may prolong the healing process. If you cannot see the dentist or denturist please, make arrangements to see us to assure the appropriate adjustments are made.
- Once you are able to easily insert and remove the denture(s), it is important that you remove and clean them several times a day.
- After the first week, you should routinely leave the dentures out at night. Excessive wearing of the dentures can cause a superficial fungal infection and inflammation of the gingiva due to the chronic pressure.
- Your dentures are only cosmetic for the first weeks after surgery. Several adjustments and temporary relining will be necessary to allow use. Even with adjustments and relining of the dentures, function is usually poor. Once things have settles down, the denture will be permanently relined or remade. Function is usually much better once this occurs. Please be patient, since most people have a long adjustment period to their dentures. This is especially true for lower dentures.