Bernie Reusz D.D.S.
|HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING AN
- Biting pressure on the denture will promote clotting and will decrease the
initial flow of blood. Slight bleeding can be expected to last up to 2-3 days
though. If swelling occurs, place an ice bag (or chopped ice in a towel) on
the swelling site. Alternate applying the ice for 10 minutes and leaving the
ice offfor 10 minutes - for about 3-4 hours. Repeat this process if
necessary for the first 36 hours.
- Remember to take your chosen over-the-counter pain medication, as
discussed. You may have also been given a prescription for a stronger
pain medication. If there is still a slight bit of discomfort after using the
over-the-counter medication, have the prescription filled and use it as
needed and as directed. If you were given a prescription for antibiotics,
you must take them as directed and until they are all gone so that the
infection won't take over, even if the area feels fine. Remember, when you
don't finish a prescription for antibiotics, you risk the chance of reinfection.
- For the first 24 hours, DO NOT smoke or drink through a straw. DO NOT
drink alcohol, pop or hot liquids. DO NOT blow your nose or spit
excessively. All these things can cause the blood clot over the surgical site
to be lost and pain may occur.
- DO NOT take the denture out today, but rinse your mouth with warm salt
water before going to bed. (114 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water)
- DO maintain a soft diet for the first week. Drink plenty of liquids also to
help remove any bacteria and to dilute any swallowed blood which can
- Starting tomorrow, carefully remove the denture twice a day and clean the
denture with a denture cleanser or a low abrasion toothpaste. Rinse your
mouth each time with warm salt water.
- Sleep with the denture in your mouth for the first week or as directed. After
this initial period, you should take the denture out each night when
sleeping in order to relax the gum tissue.
- Due to the gum shrinkage that occurs within the first 6 months, you may
go through periods when the denture will be loose fitting. A temporary liner
will be inserted as needed. Denture adhesives can also be used during
- Following the gum shrinkage period (approximately 6 months) a more
permanent reline will be placed.
- You may experience sore spots caused by the denture being too long or
from uneven pressure being applied to the healing gum tissue. We will
adjust the denture as these problems occur. Just give our office a call to
set up an appointment.
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