1. What care should be taken for complete dentures?
Have a air-tight container for storing the denture
Avoid using the denture at night ( giving rest to the denture bearing areas)
Clean using a soft brush / denture cleansing brush .
Be very careful not to drop the denture - chances of fracture
If eating feels awkward, practice privately to gain confidence. Place food equally on both sides and chew with your back teeth. Begin with a soft diet and eat slowly. Take small bites and avoid hard or sticky foods. Before long, you will be eating most foods with ease.
Usage of denture cleansing powder and tablets ( can be used weekly- put a tablet/spoonful of powder into the container, with denture immersed in water. the lid of the container should be closed tight. leave it over night and clean the dentures the next morning)
2. What are the precautions to be taken after a tooth extraction?
Continue biting on the gauze for 30-60 minutes following your procedure. Do NOT spit, rinse, suck (using a straw), smoke, drink carbonated or alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours. Passively empty your mouth when needed.
You will most likely experience one or more of the following symptoms: Minor pain, swelling, bruising, limitation in opening or closing your mouth, pain in jaw or ear, sore throat. It is important to listen to your body and take it easy. No heavy lifting, spitting, sucking, alcohol or smoking.
Oral hygiene: Brush gently. A gentle lukewarm salt water rinse can be used to freshen your mouth. But again, do not spit; just let the fluid passively empty. The corners of your mouth may become cracked and dry – moisturize frequently.
Discomfort: Over-the-counter- pain medication may be taken as directed on the bottle to relieve discomfort.
Swelling: Apply cold compresses to affected area at 10 minute intervals for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling. Any swelling that occurs usually begins to diminish within 72 hours; call the office if there is no change.
Bleeding: Some oozing of blood is normal for the first 12-24 hours. Put a hand towel on your pillow as some drooling can occur when you are numb. If you experience excessive bleeding, apply firm pressure with 1-2 folded gauze pads or damp tea bag on the affected area for 30-60 minutes and keep your head elevated. Call the office if the bleeding does not subside.
Diet: Drink plenty of fluids.
Avoid carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
A soft diet will be easiest: yogurt, milkshakes (no straw), soups, fish, pasta.
Nothing too spicy is recommended.
It is normal to have a little tenderness while chewing and difficulty opening wide.
Stitches: If you have received sutures, avoid playing with them. A fifteen minute appointment will be needed to remove the sutures in 7-10 days.
Prescriptions: If you have been prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed until they are all gone, even if symptoms dissipate. Some antibiotics can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills or other medications. If pain medication or a mouth rinse is prescribed take as directed.
In case of any unusual disturbances, questions or any post surgical problems, please call the office.
3. What measures are to be taken after implant surgery?
Maintain a liquid diet following the implant surgery while you are numb. You may be numb for 4-8 hours after the surgery if a special anesthetic is used at the end of the procedure. You may follow with a soft diet (texture of noodles or softer) until the mouth feels “normal.” Resume your normal diet but please, do not eat on the side of the implant surgery until the sutures are removed.
If you have gauze placed in your mouth, please bite on the gauze for the next 4 hours.
Do not eat, drink, spit, or talk during that time. This is a very critical time for the gums to adapt to the implants, and failure to follow instructions may lead to the loss of the implants.
Brush and floss all other areas of your mouth in your regular fashion the day after your surgery.
Swelling occurs frequently following implant surgery and you should not be alarmed. We would expect it to increase over the first 48 hours, stay the same for the next 24 hours, and then slowly go away over the next several days. If you swelling behave differently than described, please contact the office immediately.
Bruising is quite common following implant surgery and usually takes 8-10 days before it goes completely away.
Temporary numbness may be present in your lips or tongue as explained to you prior to your operation.
You can use ice bags on your jaw this evening if you like. It may help to reduce swelling and may make it feel better. Do not leave the ice on for more than 15 minutes at a time and be sure your skin is not getting frostbitten (white or painful). After 24 hours, ice packs are not effective and you can switch to hot packs if they feel better.
DO NOT try to wear your full or partial denture if told not to do so.
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