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Post-Op Instructions

Step into The Denture Company’s comprehensive Dental Post-Op Instructions guide. At The Denture Company, we recognize the importance of understanding the procedures following dental extractions and what to anticipate during your initial denture experience.

After Extractions

After your dental extraction procedure, it’s crucial to follow these post-op instructions to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery:

1. Bleeding: Some bleeding is normal after an extraction. Gently bite down on a clean gauze pad placed over the extraction site for about 30 minutes to help control bleeding. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze and continue gentle pressure.

2. Pain Management: Expect some discomfort. Take prescribed pain medication as directed or over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended by your dentist. Avoid aspirin, as it can increase bleeding.

3. Swelling: Swelling is common. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area for 15-20 minutes, then remove it for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this cycle for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling.

4. Diet: Stick to soft, cold, and liquid foods for the first 24 hours. Avoid hot, spicy, and crunchy foods. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as you feel comfortable, but avoid chewing near the extraction site.

5. Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene but avoid rinsing or brushing near the extraction site for the first 24 hours. Afterward, gently rinse with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

6. Activity: Rest for the remainder of the day after the extraction. Avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours to prevent excessive bleeding.

7. Smoking and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 48 hours, as they can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

8. Medications: Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed to prevent infection.

9. Follow-up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor your healing progress.

10. Complications: Contact your dentist immediately if you experience severe bleeding, excessive pain, fever, pus, or any other unusual symptoms.

What to Expect with Your First Set of Dentures?

Getting your first set of dentures is a significant step in restoring your smile and oral functionality. Here’s a list of what you can expect when transitioning to dentures:

  1. Initial Adjustment Period: Adjusting to dentures takes time. You may experience discomfort and a feeling of fullness in your mouth during the first few weeks.

  2. Learning to Speak: Speaking with dentures may feel awkward initially. Practice talking out loud to quickly adapt.

  3. Eating Challenges: Start with soft foods and gradually introduce harder foods. Chewing will feel different, so take your time and chew slowly.

  4. Increased Saliva Production: It’s common to experience increased saliva flow when you first start wearing dentures. This usually settles down as you get used to them.

  5. Minor Soreness: Some soreness or irritation is normal. Your dentist can adjust the dentures to alleviate these issues.

  6. Follow-up Appointments: Expect several follow-up appointments for adjustments. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist if the dentures cause pain or significant discomfort.

  7. Oral Hygiene Routine: Learn a new oral care routine. This includes daily cleaning of your dentures, as well as brushing your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth.

  8. Overnight Soaking: Most dentures need to be removed and soaked overnight in a cleaning solution.

  9. Getting Used to Not Wearing Teeth: Sleeping without dentures might feel strange at first, but it’s important for gum health.

  10. Possible Changes in Taste: Some wearers report changes in how food tastes. This usually improves as you get accustomed to your dentures.

  11. Facial Appearance Adjustments: Dentures can fill out your facial profile and potentially change how you look, usually enhancing your smile and facial structure.

  12. Learning New Cleaning Habits: You’ll need to learn how to care for and maintain your dentures to keep them clean, hygienic, and functioning properly.

  13. Patience is Key: Getting comfortable with dentures doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient with yourself as you adapt to this new experience.

Remember, it’s important to maintain regular dental check-ups and follow your dentist’s advice to ensure the best experience with your new dentures.