In situations where the creation of a new denture appliance coincides the extraction of remaining teeth, patients are often able to have their new denture seated immediately following tooth removal. Our goal is to help patients experience the most comfortable, stress-free healing process with valuable tips for the care of teeth extractions for dentures. Patients of our Kennesaw dental practice may aid their own healing process by remembering points such as:
- All tobacco use should be avoided as long as possible so that harsh chemicals do not impede the healing process.
- Extra rest may be quite beneficial in the first days after teeth extraction and denture placement.
- Talking and chewing should be kept to a minimum in the first few days after extractions.
- Dentures seated immediately should remain in place at all times until the follow-up visit.
- Pain relieving medication should begin before the numbness of local anesthetic wears off.
Bleeding is one of the primary concerns patients have after teeth extractions. In the first few days, patients follow specific instructions to improve comfort and facilitate the formation of clots. We suggest the avoidance of blood thinning medications, including aspirin, after tooth extraction. Other recommendations include biting down on clean gauze, if dentures have not been seated, or biting down gently on dentures to minimize post-operative bleeding.
If dentures are seated immediately after tooth extraction, it is important to leave the appliances in place until seen by the dentist. Removing a denture too early may result in loss of use if the dentist cannot easily reinsert due to swelling.
Usually, rinsing the mouth with slightly salty warm water is suggested beginning the day after extractions. Only ½ teaspoon of salt is needed in a larger glass of water. These rinses, performed three to four times a day, keep swelling to a minimum and dislodge food debris that may have collected around a seated denture.
The team at Thirty-two Dental has years of experience treating patients with procedures like teeth extractions for dentures. We understand the uniqueness of each patient, and design care to achieve the desired results.
Contact our Kennesaw dental office today for your visit.