What to do after full dentures?

Healing Your Smiles: Post-Op Instructions After Full Dentures

Congratulations on taking a significant step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile with your new full dentures from Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry! As you embark on this exciting journey, it’s essential to understand how to care for your dentures and your oral health to ensure optimal comfort, functionality, and durability of your new dental appliance. This guide provides you with comprehensive post-operative care instructions tailored to your full dentures.

Immediate Aftercare

1. First 24 Hours

  • Rest: After receiving your dentures, it’s normal to experience some soreness. Take it easy for the first 24 hours. If you want to keep your blood pressure down and your swelling and bleeding under control, you should stay away from any stressful activities.
  • Ice Packs: To manage swelling, gently apply an ice pack to your cheeks for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Repeat this cycle as needed during the first 24 hours.

2. Eating and Drinking

  • Soft Foods: Start with a diet of soft, easy-to-chew foods. Nutritious options such as soups, yogurt, applesauce, and scrambled eggs are excellent choices. Gradually reintroduce more solid foods as your comfort improves.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. But, in the initial few days, refrain from using a straw because the suction could impede the healing process.

Denture Care

1. Cleaning Your Dentures

  • Daily Cleaning: Use a soft-bristle denture brush and a denture-specific, non-abrasive cleanser to keep your dentures clean every day. Because it can damage the denture surface, ordinary toothpaste is not recommended.
  • Soaking Overnight: Soak your dentures overnight in water or a mild denture-soaking solution. This helps the dentures retain their shape and remain hydrated.

2. Oral Hygiene

  • Rinse After Eating: After eating, rinse your mouth and dentures to get rid of food debris and stop plaque from forming.
  • Gum Care: Before putting your dentures in each morning, use a soft toothbrush to very gently brush your gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth. This aids in the removal of plaque by increasing circulation to the tissues.

Adjusting to Your Dentures

  • Speech Practice: It’s common to experience some difficulty with speaking when you first wear your dentures. Practice reading out loud and repeating challenging words to speed up the adjustment period.
  • Eating Adjustment: Begin with little pieces of soft foods. To ensure that your dentures stay in place, chew gently and evenly on all sides of your mouth. Return to your normal eating habits little by little when you feel better.

Follow-Up Care

  • Regular Check-Ups: Schedule follow-up appointments with Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry as recommended. These visits are crucial for adjusting your dentures’ fit and addressing any concerns.
  • Monitor Fit and Comfort: Your jawbone and gums will naturally change shape over time, which can affect the fit of your dentures. If you notice any discomfort, slippage, or irritation, contact us for an adjustment.

Tips for Success

  • Stay Patient: Adjusting to full dentures takes time and patience. Give yourself grace during this period of adaptation.
  • Stay Positive: Think about the good things about your new dentures, like being able to smile with pride and enjoy your favorite meals again.

Emergency Care

  • Immediate Attention: If you experience significant pain, persistent irritation, or any other urgent concerns, please contact Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry immediately. We’re here to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

If you are in the market for full dentures, you can rest assured that Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will provide you with the utmost care and support along the way. Keep in mind that getting a fresh smile is a big deal for your well-being, self-esteem, and general happiness.

Please take special care to adhere to these post-operative care instructions; if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Cheers to a more radiant and joyful grin!