Post Op Instructions
Success in wearing a denture depends more upon you than upon any other factor. If you meet the challenge with determination, you will be surprised at the short time it will take you to achieve mastery. Dentures are replacements for natural teeth, but they are not teeth. A denture is a sophisticated acrylic appliance used to restore function and esthetics. A patient receiving an artificial eye would not expect restored sight. Thus you must realize that a denture has limitations, and it will never be as satisfactory as natural teeth. However, your experience with dentures can be very successful. To help you get off to the right start and to help yours feel like a natural part of you, read "Ten Rules for Denture Wearers”. Together, with our advice and your confident attitude, you can achieve denture satisfaction.
TEN RULES FOR DENTURE WEARERS
- Patience - Learning to wear a denture takes time. Follow our advice and don't become discouraged. Don't listen to friends who tell you how easy it was for them. They are either bragging or their memories are poor.
- Lowers - A lower denture usually takes far longer to master than an upper. Take your time; don't worry if your tongue feels strange or restricted. It will soon accustom itself to the new position. Eventually, your tongue will learn to hold the lower denture stabilizing it during speech.
- Chewing - Eat only soft foods for the first few days, then as you progress to more solid foods, chew slowly and evenly so that you grow accustomed to managing your denture. Place food on both sides on the back teeth, and then chew in an up-and-down motion pushing your food upward to stabilize your denture. The longer you take for a meal' the sooner you will master your denture.
- Biting - Don't take large bites. Try cutting food into small portions. Do not bite with the front teeth; they are only for show and a warm friendly smile! The supporting structures beneath the front of the denture are damaged with biting and severe resorption of your ridge may result. The back part of your mouth is much better equipped to withstand the biting force.
- Sore Spots - You will experience some pain and discomfort. When spots develop on the gums, please call us immediately so we can make a simple adjustment for relief.
- Speech - If you have a tendency to blur your words, or your speech seems difficult, then practice reading aloud in front of the mirror. The old adage "Practice Makes Perfect", certainly applies to dentures.
- Cleaning - An unclean denture is never healthy, attractive, or comfortable. Clean your denture every morning and night.
- Wear and Care - Please remove your denture at night. As any denture may warp if it dries out, keep your denture in water or a denture cleaning solution when it is out of your mouth. Coughing, sneezing, and nausea can quickly dislodge the denture. If you feel things such as this coming on, cover your mouth with your hands or a handkerchief, or remove the denture.
- Tissue Change - Remember your gum tissues, like all other tissues in our bodies, change with age. Your denture will not adapt to these normal changes. Thus, it is important that you visit us annually for a complete denture checkup. An older denture may be relined to improve fit, or it may be necessary to have a new denture made.
- Adjustments - Never attempt to repair, reline, or adjust your denture in any way. Give us a call so we can handle this important health matter. An improper, ill-fitting denture can be very destructive to oral tissues.
IMPROVING YOUR ORAL HEALTH
Follow these simple suggestions to have a healthful mouth.
- Leave your dentures out 8 of every 24 hours. It is usually best to leave them out at night.
- Return for regular dental examinations of your mouth. The denture does not change, but your mouth will. For this reason, the health of your mouth should be checked annually.
- Keep your mouth clean by brushing with a soft brush.
- Select foods that do not cause the dentures to tip. Each patient must judge this for his own case. Excessive tipping and skidding of your dentures causes a great amount of damage to supporting bone and tissues. It is very important that you do not clench or grind your dentures. Some patients have more trouble with this than others do. Practice keeping our teeth apart when you are not using them.
- Keep biting on gauze we have left in place for the next 45 minutes. Don’t change it.
- We are giving you extra gauze pads, if the socket is bleeding on the removal of gauze pads, roll up 2 or 3 pads and place DIRECTLY over the extraction site. Bite down with firm pressure for 1 hour, check again, and repeat this at 1-hour intervals until bleeding stops. NOTE: expect oozing or taste for 24 hours. If you continue to see bright red blood after 24 hours, please call us and inform us of this. 334- 792-0997
- Prescriptions: If you received a prescription, please fill it as soon as possible and take 1 tablet every 3 to 4 hours as needed for pain.
- If no prescription was giving, you can take extra-strength Tylenol every 3 to 4 hours as needed for pain. Please take medications with food and according to the label. You can expect the pain to subside within a day.
- It is OK to eat or drink in several hours. Foods should be soft and warm or cold, please don’t eat hard or very hot foods within 24 hours.
- Do not rinse mouth vigorously today, however you can use warm salt water rinse starting tomorrow. Use 1 teaspoon of salt in one glass of warm water and gently rinse 2 to 3 times per day.
- No vigorous activity today, don’t overheat yourself, protect your blood clot.
- Use cold compresses if indicated, place a towel in ice and water and place on face for 30 minutes, and leave off the face for 30 minutes. Do this for 2 hours in the morning and afternoon.
- Please refrain from smoking and alcoholic beverages for the next 24 hours.
- If sutures were placed, please return to the office in one week for removal.
- Please be sure to brush your teeth as usual; just avoid brushing the extraction site. This helps keep down bacteria that can cause infection.