Immediate dentures and how to care for them
An immediate denture is a dental appliance to replace natural teeth. They are usually inserted the same day after teeth are extracted. Dentures may replace one or some teeth (partial denture), or all teeth (complete denture).
If you have either a full or partial set of immediate dentures, there are specific ways to care for them and your teeth in the first days, overnight and in the subsequent days. It is natural to have questions about how exactly to do this. Read below for tips on immediate denture care
What do I do on my first day of dentures?
- It is crucial on the first day to leave the denture in. This helps with being able to place them in with ease in the future. If dentures aren’t worn in this step, it may be challenging to put them in the next days
- If your dentist has prescribed any medication or antibiotics to help the healing process, you should continue with the course for the recommended time
What do I do the first morning?
- Step one the next morning is a gentle mouth rinse. Firstly, take out the denture and gently rinse your mouth with water. Rinsing gently is essential to not disturb to blood clots which have formed in the tooth sockets.
- Step two is the clean the dentures. Wash the dentures and any debris on them should be removed with a soft toothbrush. Once cleaned, the dentures need to be placed back in immediately.
What do I do for the first few days?
Eating food will feel different, and the dentist may have recommended a soft food diet for you. Which food to eat should be an experiment, but a process working up towards firmer food.
For the first week when sleeping, the dentures should be left in. Over the next 7-10 days, any swelling from teeth removal will have subsides. The benefit of this is that the dentures may then be left out overnight. Leaving dentures out overnight is more hygienic and an all-around healthier option for your mouth and gums.
Purchase a cleansing powder to clean your dentures. The cleansing powder is called effervescent denture cleansing powders and can be bought from both supermarkets and pharmacy. For specific details, follow the instructions on the packing or ask your pharmacist for advice.
The material dentures are made from is acrylic. For hygiene, longevity and comfort dentures should stay moist. This means when dentures are not in your mouth, they need to be kept moist, i.e. in water.
After tooth removal, the gums go through a healing process. They change shape, which affects the previous fit of the denture and may lead to a less than ideal fit and potential difficulties with speech. If this occurs, the denture may be relined to get a better fit.
Specific questions about dentures and the healing process are common. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or queries about your new dentures or how to take care of them.