Post Op Instructions: Dentures
Dentures / Partials
Sore Spots: Usually, your mouth will have a few “sore spots” after wearing the denture/partial for 24 hours. These areas can be relieved with very little effort during your next appointment.
Chewing: The new bite may not feel completely comfortable for several weeks. We can adjust the contacting surfaces of your teeth after the dentures/partials have settled into place.
Cleaning the Dentures/Partials and your Mouth: Your denture/partials can be cleaned easily by using a denture brush and mild toothpaste. Periodic denture soaks are also very useful (ex: Polident). We recommend leaving your partials out of your mouth at night and soaking in water.
Dentures only: Brush your gums with a regular extra soft toothbrush once per day to toughen and clean them.
Partials only: Use special care to clean parts of the partial that contact any natural teeth. Both the partial and the natural teeth must be kept very clean on a daily basis to reduce the chance of new dental decay starting.
We have done our best to provide you with well-fitted, functional, and esthetic dentures/partials. We feel confident that after a few weeks of becoming adjusted to the new dentures/partials, you will have years of satisfaction from them. Over time, your jawbone and gums shrink when there are teeth missing. When this occurs, your dentures/partials will feel loose and may require relining. Wearing ill-fitting dentures/partials for too long without refitting can cause severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. Please call our office if these symptoms occur.
For complete denture wearers: Please understand that even though you have no natural teeth left, it’s very important that you keep your routine exam and recall appointments. Avoid hot food and food requiring heavy chewing for the first few days. Lightly brush dentures with a soft nylon toothbrush. Denture brushes with stiff, coarse bristles can cause wear to denture materials.