How Do I Care For My Immediate Denture?​

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You have now had teeth removed and immediate dentures inserted. It may be a new situation for most patients and you will feel very strange and do not know what to expect. You may still be feeling numb the first few hours after your extractions, but pain can set in after so keep up with pain relievers as recommended by your dentist. In addition, the following are some immediate denture aftercare tips:

  • As much as possible, keep your mouth closed and apply slight biting pressure to keep your upper and lower dentures or teeth contacting.
  • Eat soft and nutritious food in the first week after extractions, for example, smoothies, eggs, fish, porridge.
  • After meals, take your denture out if able to (it may be sore), and use Savacol mouthrinse 3 times a day for a week and warm saltwater rinses as desired.
  • Keep your immediate denture in your mouth at all times including when sleeping for the first 1-2 weeks. It is ok to take your denture out briefly to rinse out after meals and to clean the denture.
  • To clean the dentures, soak them in water with Polident denture tablets once a day and brush with a soft toothbrush using the dissolved solution. Do not use toothpaste. Place a towel in the basin when brushing dentures in case the dentures slip. If dentures are dropped, they may crack or chip.
  • It is likely that you will be sore from the extractions and areas where the denture rubs against your gum. Your dentist will usually see you 1-2 weeks after your extractions and may adjust your denture then.

If you have any concerns, get in touch with your dentist.

Dr Jin Gan

Dr Jin Gan graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2006 and serviced remote communities for a year while employed by Queensland Health before moving into private practice. She has worked alongside medical teams in hospitals for more than 15 years, and is highly experienced in the management and care of patients requiring dental treatment under general anaesthesia. Dr Jin has also been involved as a mentor in The University of Queensland's dental school, and has special interest in the fields of dental extractions and immediate dentures.