Immediate Denture Aftercare
Instructions for the first 24 hours
Do not remove your dentures for the first 24 hours after they have been fitted. If they are removed, it will be very difficult to put them back in.
Do not eat or drink anything too hot
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Avoid strenuous exercise
If in pain, take a painkiller, such as a soluble paracetamol in the dosage advised
At your recall visit, the dentist will remove your dentures, check the areas where the teeth have been extracted and make any necessary adjustments to the dentures. Aftercare of your dentures and healing sockets will also be explained.
Notes on immediate dentures
Immediate dentures should be regarded as temporary to carry you over a period of healing and change in your mouth after extractions.
There will be a rapid change in the shape of your tissues underneath the denture due to the healing process after extraction. This means that your dentures may feel loose and uncomfortable after a short period of time. This healing process slows down after 2-3 months. Most patients require a reline at this stage.
If you feel that you do require a reline, it is advisable to wait at least 2-3 months after the dentures were fitted. On the NHS, the cost of a reline is chargeable to the patient. Some patients may require a second reline or a total replacement of the dentures after 6-12 months.