Clean your prosthesis with a soft bristle toothbrush and gel toothpaste (or soft soap) to ensure that your prosthesis remains lustrous for as long as possible. You should also gently brush your mouth tissues to stimulate blood circulation in the mucous membranes.
Carefully clean your prosthesis and mouth mucous membranes after each meal, snack, or anytime you eat. If this is not possible, at least rinse your mouth and prosthesis with water to get rid of any food debris.
Never immerse your prosthesis in bleach. If you do, your prosthesis will lose its lustre and will stain easier. Extended exposure to bleach also makes your prosthesis more fragile.
Always clean your prosthesis above a towel or sink filled with water. That way, if you drop your device, it will be less likely to break.
Keep your prosthesis in your mouth and do not take it out for at least 24 hours, even if it is uncomfortable. This will prevent risk of haemorrhaging. You can take painkillers or apply cold water compresses around the area. We recommend limiting your consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.
24 hours after the insertion, remove and clean your prosthesis. Rinse your mouth gently to avoid removing the clotting. You can use a saline solution (1/4 teaspoon of salt mixed in with a glass of warm water). Reinsert the prosthesis in your mouth right away (within 5 minutes) to prevent the tissues from swelling, which would make insertion difficult.
As of day 2, you can remove the prosthesis 4 to 5 times per day to rinse your mouth with warm salt water, every day for a week. You can keep the prosthesis in your mouth while you sleep during this time.
In the first weeks, stick to a soft food diet to limit painful pressure on your gums.
You will need to be seen by your denturist for a follow-up a week after your prosthesis has been installed. For your comfort, he or she may recommend that you use your prosthesis differently. In the meantime, if wearing your prosthesis becomes impossible, you can make an appointment to have your device adjusted as soon as possible to reduce any pressure points the prosthesis may be causing to the mucous membranes. Afterwards, you will need to see your denturist regularly to have the inside of your prosthesis adjusted with the help of a tissue conditioner, because the prosthesis will become larger as you heal. You can use a denture adhesive to improve retention between professional adjustments.
After 10 or 12 months, the healing should be complete, and your prosthesis will be relined or new dentures will be made.
After the procedure is done, avoid smoking and limit your alcohol consumption, which can slow healing.
Avoid vigorous exercise for a few days so that your heart rate doesn’t increase.
Light bleeding is normal for a few days. In case of bleeding, use a cotton ball to apply pressure to the wound for 30 minutes.
After the operation, it is normal to experience pain for a few days. Painkillers can help.
Swelling will be at a maximum 24 to 72 hours after the operation, and may last up to a week. Applying ice during the first 2 days can help reduce inflammation.
Do not rinse your mouth in the first 24 hours.
Eat soft foods (soups, purées, fish, etc.).
During the first week, you must avoid chewing with your dentures, even if you have them in.
You have to keep your dentures in even at night. If you experience any discomfort, visit your denturist for a follow-up. You really must respect the diet prescribed by your surgeon, even if you have your dentures in.
At night, always store your prosthesis in a water-filled container to allow your mouth tissue to breathe and relax. Massage your gums with your fingers or a soft bristle brush once a day to activate blood circulation in your gums and keep them healthy.
Give your mouth mucosa time to adapt to your new prosthesis (up to 7 days). After this period, stability will increase and comfort will be optimized.
If you have trouble pronouncing certain words, read out loud for a few minutes a day, every day for a week to restore your elocution abilities. This will help your various mouth and tongue muscles to adapt to your new prosthesis more quickly.
Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, candy, lozenges) for the first few days of wearing your prosthesis (3 or 4 days). Stick to soft foods (cooked vegetables, fish, pasta, etc.).
Use your back teeth (molars) to chew your food, and distribute your food across both sides to increase the strength and efficiency of your chewing.
Cut your food with a knife (apples, steak, etc.) before you eat it. This will help reduce bone resorption (gum wear).
If you experience light wounds near the pressure points, rinse your mouth with warm salt water 3 to 4 times per day to help heal your gums. If the pain is unbearable, make an appointment with your denturist to have your prosthesis adjusted. Wear your prosthesis for at least a few hours ahead of the consultation to allow your denturist to see which areas are irritated.
Always consult your denturist should you have a problem, question, or fractured prosthesis. We completely discourage you from trying to repair or adjust your dentures yourself. In most cases, this only makes things worse and will likely render your prosthesis impossible to repair.
How to Deal With a Painful Prosthetic Device
When you feel pain, don’t wait too long. Call your denturist for a follow-up.
Try to locate the problem area so that you can point it out to your denturist.
Once your prosthesis is installed in your mouth, you may need to have it adjusted.
Never try to adjust your prosthesis yourself.
Give your gums a break by removing the prosthesis and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.