Immediate Dentures – What to expect
Keep the Denture in Place
You should leave your new denture in place for 24-48 hours. This allows the underlying tissue to
heal in the shape of your denture allowing for better stability. If this becomes too uncomfortable,
or if bleeding is a continued problem, the denture can be removed for short periods of time, but
should be reinserted as soon as tolerable. After 2-3 days, the denture should be worn during the
daytime only and left out at night.
“Biting” with your denture in place should control the bleeding adequately. However, if a
significant bleeding persists, despite this, the denture can be removed to enable you to bite on a
gauze pad placed directly over the extraction sites for 30 minutes. At the end of that time, remove
the gauze. If the bleeding is well controlled replace your denture. If the bleeding continues, repeat
with the gauze for an additional 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues to be excessive, please call
Avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours. After that, you can start gently rinsing your mouth
with ¼ teaspoon household salt in a glass of warm water several times a day (without the denture
in place) to help keep the area clean. Avoid swishing or vigorous rinsing.
Your new denture may not fit as tightly as you would like. Remember, healing must occur before
any judgement can be made about its long-term stability or fit. Your technician may have to adjust
the denture for the next several visits. In the meantime, if retention becomes a significant problem,
a soft lining material may be placed to help improve the stability.
It will probably be necessary to have adjustments in the bite of your denture. This should be done
by your regular dentist, as he/she is most familiar with your proper jaw and tooth relationships.
It is normal for sore spots to develop during the first two weeks or so. This can generally be
managed by adjustment of the denture
You may begin taking liquids or soft foods almost immediately. Most People progress slowly to a
regular diet. This will generally take 10 days to several weeks depending upon your ability to
tolerate the new denture, as well as the discomfort that you may experience when chewing with
your new teeth.