Today

  • Leave the denture in place until tomorrow morning. It will help to stop the bleeding and aids healing of the extraction socket.
  • You may eat and drink, but no swishing around and nothing too hot. Softer foods will be more easily tolerated.
  • Expect discomfort from today and for the first 48 hours. This is a normal part of healing and is a direct result of inflammation. Before the anaesthetic wears off take some analgesic for pain relief. Examples of analgesic are Panadol, Panadeine, or Nurofen. Follow directions on the pack. Do not use Aspirin as this may lead to further bleeding.
  • The denture will feel foreign for the first week of two while you get used to it. Persevere with it, paying particular attention to eating and speaking with the denture in. Speech and chewing function will become easier as time goes on as the muscles of your face, lips and tongue adapt to the denture.

Tomorrow

  • Remove the denture in the morning. You should do this by disengaging the clasps with two fingers and pulling down. Do this as carefully as you can, as the tissues will be sore.
  • Place the denture in the chlorhexidine solution provided and clean well with brush to remove any food debris or blood.
  • Place denture back in your mouth and observe normal care
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salty water for 30 seconds.
  • Place denture back in your mouth and observe normal care for your denture from this time on. Your dentist will advise you of these at your extraction visit. Continue to rinse with salty water for 3-5 days to aid with healing of the socket.
  • At 24 to 48 hours after the extraction you will need to attend the surgery to have the tissue checked for healing and any sore spots on the denture eased. Prior to this appointment it is important that you wear the denture so we can see any spots on which the denture rubs.