What to Expect After Extractions
Your gums tissues and mouth have gone through a drastic change. Your denture will need adjustments over the course of your gums healing to ensure proper fit. If at any time you need to see the Denturist, please do not suffer with sore spots. Call and book an adjustment appointment.
First 24 Hours
Keep your denture in your mouth! It is important to remember that your denture is acting as a compress to help swelling and bleeding of the extraction sites. The Denturist will be the one to take your dentures out for the first time at your 24 hour check up appointment. Any adjustments needed will be done at this time. To aid of healing your gums, your Denturist recommends the use of Oxyfresh Super Relief Gel.
Wear your dentures overnight for the first week. Take your dentures out after meals to rinse and brush under warm water. This will keep debris out of your extraction sites and help prevent infection. When soaking your denture in Renew cleaner, do so for only 20-30 minutes once every two days. In the first week if you leave your dentures out any longer than this, it could cause your gum tissues to swell and will make it difficult to reinsert your denture.
8 weeks – 6 months
Your dentures will likely be loose. As your gums are healing, resorption of the bone (shrinkage) occurs and it creates space between the dentures and your gums. It is common at this time to have a tissue conditioner (temporary reline). This will allow your dentures to fit snugly. Remember, your gums are still healing from extractions and swelling. You may need to have more than one tissue conditioner depending on how many extractions you've had. This is normal.
6 – 12 months
Depending on your rate of healing, somewhere between 6 and 12 months you will need a permanent reline. It is important to remain diligent with your follow up appointments, so your Denturist can recommend exactly when a reline is needed. Relines adapt the tissue-fitting surface of the denture to your gums resulting in a more correct fit. You should never wear loose or ill-fitting dentures. It can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your mouth often with little or no pain. Relines are a separate procedure and fee and is not included in the price of your dentures.
Oxy Fresh Dental Gel
Use Oxy Fresh Dental Gel as often and liberally as needed to condition, soothe and deodorize your gums! With a light spearmint flavor, this gel helps deliver oral healing power with a list of beneficial ingredients, including; Oxygene, Folic Acid, Zinc, Xylitol, Carrageenan and Aloe Vera.
UseOxy FreshDental Gel for various clinical applications, such as; relieving oral sores, dry mouth and under immediate dentures. Use in conjunction with Oxy Fresh Mouth Rinse and Oxy Fresh Toothpaste
Oxy Fresh products are always in stock and available for purchase at our office.