Below are the post-op care instructions for when you receive immediate dentures (dentures placed directly following extractions). Please feel free to call Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery if you have any questions. Our oral surgeons in Glendale, Arcadia, Mission Hills, Newhall and Pasadena, California, will be happy to help you.

Immediate Denture Post-Operative Instructions:

  • For the first 24 hours your immediate denture is not to be removed from your mouth. If the denture is removed, swelling may occur that will make it difficult or impossible to replace the denture.
  • After 24 hours, you might see your dentist for a checkup. At that time, you will be given a new set of instructions for have to care for your denture and mouth.
  • After extractions, do not rinse, spit, smoke or suck on a straw. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously. Do not drink any hot beverages or carbonated beverages.
  • See Extraction Post-Operative Instructions for additional information on care of our mouth after tooth extraction.
  • Your immediate denture not only replaces your missing teeth, but it is acting to protect the surgical site, control swelling and control bleeding. The denture needs to be in place to be effective.
  • The fit of your immediate denture will change as your mouth heals from your teeth’s extraction. As healing occurs, the dental ridges change shape -and they generally shrink in size. An immediate denture is often only a temporary denture, which will require replacements or reline after final healing of the mouth.
  • The immediate denture will need to be adjusted and/or relined to compensate for the changes that will take place in your mouth. as the gums heal. You will be instructed by your dentist to return for periodic appointments to monitor your mouth for changes that will denture adjustments.
  • After the dental extraction sockets have healed over (two to six weeks) you may find a denture adhesive paste or powder to help stabilize your denture. Dental extraction sockets take at least 6 months to heal and fill in with new jaw bone.

Please contact our office if you experience severe pain or other problems or to schedule your follow-up appointment with Dr. Cho, Dr. Hammoudeh, Dr. Kim, Dr. Odono, Dr. Tung, Dr. Urata or Dr. Yip.