Post Operative Instructions

Post-Operative Care Instructions for Tooth Extractions and Immediate Denture Placement

Following your recent tooth extraction and immediate denture placement, we aim to provide you with the best possible care to ensure quick recovery and optimal healing. Kindly follow these post-operative care instructions:

1. No Smoking: It is absolutely vital that you avoid smoking, as it can hinder the healing process and potentially lead to complications.
2. Swelling Management: To manage swelling, place an ice pack on the cheek adjacent to the area of denture placement. Apply for 20 minutes, then rest for 20 minutes. Continue this cycle for the next 24 hours.
3. Pain Management: To control discomfort, we recommend ibuprofen. Take 1 tablet (800mg) an hour prior to the procedure, then two times a day for three days post-procedure. Always follow the instructions provided on the medication.
4. Dietary Instructions: We advise consuming soft foods for the first week following your procedure. Avoid eating and chewing near the area of the mouth where the denture was placed for at least two weeks. Stay away from high-salt, spicy foods, citrus foods or juices, including tomatoes, and crunchy foods like popcorn, chips, and nuts for two weeks to avoid irritation.
5. Oral Hygiene Instructions: Refrain from brushing the surgical area for the first week. Starting the day after your procedure, begin using a Chlorhexidine rinse three times a day for seven days. Please avoid any strenuous activities, including heavy lifting, for the first week.
6. Denture Care: For the first 24 hours, your dentures should be worn continuously to act as a protective bandage and aid in controlling any swelling or bleeding. Following this period, remove and clean your dentures nightly with a denture brush, and keep them in water or denture cleaning solution overnight.
7. Follow-Up Appointment: It is crucial to attend your follow-up appointments. Your dentist will need to inspect the surgical area and make any necessary adjustments to your dentures to guarantee a comfortable and proper fit.

Please remember that each patient's recovery timeline can differ, and if you experience severe pain, increased swelling, or any other unusual symptoms, don't hesitate to contact our office immediately at (702) 212-6641.

Thank you for entrusting us with your oral healthcare needs. Wishing you a swift and comfortable recovery.