Care of Immediate Dentures

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  • Care of Immediate Dentures

    How do you care for immdeiate dentures? The dentures you have received are a replacement for your missing teeth. They will attempt to support your jaws, restore your chewing ability, and improve your appearance. This information will assist you in your adjustment to the new dentures.
    Your dentures were made to fit the anticipated shape of your mouth after the removal of the teeth. Modifications to the denture are always necessary and will continue during the healing period. Many changes have occurred at one time, and it may take some time to become adjusted to your new dentures.
    The First 24 Hours
    It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep the immediate denture in your mouth until the doctor sees you the day after surgery. The denture serves as a dressing to help stop the bleeding. If the denture is taken out, you may not be able to replace it due to swelling of the tissue.

    Changes of the Mouth
    The most common changes following immediate denture delivery are:
    1. Immediate swelling
    2. Increase in saliva
    3. Speech alteration
    4. Discomfort
    5. Gagging
    6. Difficulty in swallowing
    7. Mouth odor
    8. Minor bleeding

    You may experience some of these problems. They can all be overcome as you become used to the new dentures and as the doctor adjusts them to fit your mouth.

    Please contact our office at 619-463-3773 with any questions.

    First Post-Delivery Appointment
    The day after you receive your dentures, the doctor will see you to adjust the denture for sore areas, the bite, and any other initial problems. You will be given further instructions for the use and care of the denture at this appointment.
    Care of Complete & Partial Dentures
    Further Appointments
    As you heal and use the dentures during the weeks after surgery, the dentures will occasionally become loose due to the normal shrinkage of the gums from healing. This will be adjusted as needed until healing is complete.

    Cleaning
    To clean the denture, rinse it under running water and brush it lightly. DO NOT soak the denture in a denture cleaning solution. If you take the denture out of your mouth, store it in a container with plain water.

    Final Denture
    When healing is complete, a final denture will be constructed, or the immediate dentures will be relined as the doctor discussed with you previously. These procedures will be the second phase of your rehabilitation.

    Dental Treatments

    What is Prosthodontics?
    Prosthodontics is one of the nine specialties of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Gulbransen’s advanced training in Prosthodontics and the experience of our in-office dental technicians gives our patient’s optimal results.

    Full and Partial Dentures
    Many patients have lost all of their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum [periodontal] disease or trauma. A complete denture is a prosthesis designed to replace a patient’s missing teeth.

    Maxillofacial Prosthetics
    Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a super-specialty of Prosthodontics.

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