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
After 24 hours, your dentist may want to check the fit of the denture. Please contact their
office to determine if they would like to see you.
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
Postoperative Oral Care
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.
Apply pressure through the gauze that you are biting on, bleeding may take slightly longer
The fit of your immediate denture will change as your mouth heals from the extraction of
your teeth. As healing occurs, the dental ridges change shape – and they generally shrink in
size. 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
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. If you must use a dental
adhesive during initial healing, please do not place it in the areas of the denture where the
teeth were extracted.
Dental extraction sockets take at least 6 months to heal and fill in with new jaw bone. At
that time, your dentist will speak to you about replacing your immediate denture with a
permanent denture or making a permanent reline.
See Extraction Postoperative Instructions for additional information on care of our
mouth after tooth extraction.