HEALTHFUL DENTAL
Bernie Reusz D.D.S.
630 769-1922
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING AN
IMMEDIATE DENTURE
  • 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
    cause nausea.
  • 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
    this period.
  • 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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IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED  CALL:
630  769-1922
Dr. Bernie Reusz  5010 Fairview Ave.  Ste. #4  Downers Grove, IL  60515
office@healthfuldental.com
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