A socket left by an extracted tooth normally fills up with a healthy blood clot, healing will then take place without trouble. However, if you bleed excessively, you should control it in the following ways
Clean the mouth thoroughly
Apply a clean dry gauze accurately over the socket, bite firmly to maintain pressure. Gauze will be given to you at the time of your appointment
In all cases of extraction please remember:
Do NOT rinse at all today. The following day, gently rinse your mouth with ½ tsp of salt in a warm glass of water. ( As warm as you can bare, at least 3 times a day)
Avoid food for the first hour and hot drinks for the day
Do not interfere with the socket
Paracetamol/ Nurofen may be taken after the anesthetic has worn off
Avoid excessive use or undue exercise for 24 hours
Avoid smoking for 24-48 hours If possible
If you experience undue pain, or should you feel the need for further attention please contact the surgery immediately.
You may experience bleeding but leaving the denture in can help with this. If the bleeding is uncontrollable please contact our Surgery immediately
You can eat and drink, we recommend starting with soft foods and slowly return to your normal diet.
No swishing with water and nothing too hot
It is normal to experience discomfort for the first 48 hours, each individual is different. Take pain relief such as Nurofen 4-6 hourly to help with the pain, start this before the anaesthesia wears off.
Do not use asprin, this can lead to more bleeding
The denture will feel bulky and foreign for the first few weeks while you get used to it. Practice eating and speaking with your new denture, this will become easier as time goes on and your muscles, lips and tongue adapt to the new denture.
In the morning remove the denture. At your issue appointment the dentist would have show you how to remove your denture, follow these instructions and remove denture now. Your mouth can still be tender so remember to take care when removing the denture.
Brush the denture with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush then rinse well with water
Rinse your mouth gently with warm salty water for 30 seconds. We emphasise gently in order to not disturb the blood clots in your extraction sockets. These promote healing
Place the denture back in your mouth
Continue to rinse gently with warm salty water for the next 3-5 days
We will make a follow up appointment to check your gums/ healing and to see how the denture if fitting after the gums have had time to settle down.
If you are experiencing any sore spots where the denture is rubbing please notify us as soon as possible. Remember this is a slow process of healing and your mouth accepting the new denture. Persistence is the key
Caring for your dentures - both partial and complete dentures
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER GETTING MY DENTURES?
Dentures may feel bulky and foreign in your mouth
You will notice more saliva
They can move as you speak or eat until your gums settle, if you have had immediate dentures then the denture can be loose for some time. Once the gums settle you will most likely need a reline of the denture to make them fit better
Speaking may be different
There can be some discomfort and sore spots where the denture rubs on your gums, this can be corrected by booking an appointment where the Dentist will trim the denture, removing the sore spot.
WHAT TO BE CAREFUL OF WHEN USING MY DENTURES?
Hot foods and drinks, dentures make it hard to tell how hot they really are
- Clean your dentures every day
Clean them over a sink with a face-washer in there to avoid dropping and breaking the denture
Use warm soapy water and a denture or normal toothbrush. Rinse well after cleaning
Remove all denture adhesive if you have been using any
Let your dentures dry and leave them out overnight
THINGS NOT TO DO:
Do not soak them in hot water or leave them in a hot car
Do not use chemicals on your dentures
Do not adjust or modify your denture on your own
WHEN TO SEE A DENTAL PROFESSIONAL?
For an adjustment to stop sore spots
If you break your dentures
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY MOUTH WITH DENTURES?
Rinse after each meal to remove excess food debris
Clean your gums, tongue and remaining teeth if any with a soft toothbrush and your fluoride toothpaste
If using denture adhesive make sure to remove this from your mouth
Drink plenty of water throughout the day
EATING WITH MY DENTURES:
Cut your food into small pieces
Chew evenly on your denture (using both sides)
Avoid sugary foods, the risk of getting a cavity in remaining teeth can be higher if the food gets caught under your denture or partial plate
Start with eating soft foods and slowly return to your normal diet
If you have any concerns at all please contact the Clinic at which your denture was issued
Once you leave the dental surgery your anaesthesia should wear off between approximately 1-3 hours, it is different for each individual. It is very important not to chew on the numb side, this is to prevent biting your tongue, lip, cheek until the anaesthesia wears off.
Children should be observed until the anaesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anaesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.
Your tooth and or teeth may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure from this procedure. This is completely normal. If you have any concerns don’t hesitate to call. Our friendly staff at Local Dental will call you within 2 days of your treatment to check everything is ok.
The possible sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks.
Once the anaesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of your teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please call us. We need to check if the filling is sitting too high, this is a simple task where we get you to bite on articulating paper which will show us any signs of a high spot. If so then it needs to be slightly trimmed. If the tooth is not checked it may continue to be painful on biting and sensitive
The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anaesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised.
If you have any other concerns please call the Surgery