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Aesthetic General Dentistry's Post-Op Instructions for Full Dentures 

After our Frisco dentist at Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco has fitted you with your new full dentures, it is important to follow proper post-op instructions and aftercare to ensure the longevity and comfort of your new teeth.

Full dentures are a popular choice for those who have lost all or most of their natural teeth due to aging, accidents or other health issues. These removable prosthetic devices provide both aesthetic and functional benefits, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

dentist examining patient
dentist examining patient

Post-Op Instructions 

Wear Your Dentures for the Designated Time Period 

During the first few days after receiving your full dentures, it is important to wear them for the designated time period recommended by our dentist. This will help your gums and mouth tissues become accustomed to the shape and fit of the dentures. 

Initially, you may experience some mild discomfort or soreness, but this should subside with time as your mouth adjusts. If the discomfort persists or becomes unbearable, please contact our office for assistance. 

Practice Proper Cleaning and Care 

Just like natural teeth, full dentures also require regular cleaning and care to maintain their appearance and functionality. We recommend removing your dentures after each meal to rinse them with water and brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush. This eliminates any food particles or debris that might be trapped between the dentures. 

Furthermore, be sure to immerse your dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight to eliminate any accumulation of bacteria or plaque. Avoid using harsh cleaners, hot water and abrasive materials on your dentures as they can cause damage. 

Handle with Care 

Full dentures are delicate and can break easily if not handled with care. When removing or inserting your dentures, make sure to do so over a soft surface such as a folded towel or sink filled with water. This will cushion the fall in case you accidentally drop your dentures. Additionally, avoid bending or twisting them too much as this can cause them to break or become misshapen. 

Aftercare Tips 

After you have gotten used to wearing your full dentures, there are a few things you can do to ensure their longevity and maintain good oral hygiene. Some aftercare tips include: 

Keep Regular Dental Appointments 

Even if you no longer have natural teeth, it is still important to visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Our dentist will examine your dentures, check for any signs of wear or damage and make any necessary adjustments to ensure they fit comfortably. 

Additionally, regular cleanings will help remove any plaque or bacteria buildup on your gums and the remaining natural teeth (if applicable). This is crucial for maintaining good oral health and preventing any potential problems in the future. 

Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods 

While your full dentures are designed to be durable, they are not indestructible. It is important to avoid hard or sticky foods that can put unnecessary pressure on them and potentially cause damage. This includes chewing gum, hard candies, and tough meats. 

If you do indulge in these types of foods, make sure to cut them into smaller pieces or use a denture adhesive to secure them in place. This will help prevent any accidents or damage to your dentures. 

Take Proper Care of Your Dentures 

Like natural teeth, dentures require daily cleaning and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Ensure you take out your dentures every night and soak them in a denture cleaner or a blend of warm water and mild soap. Additionally, brush them using a denture brush to eliminate any food particles or bacteria. Avoid using regular toothpaste as it may be too harsh and harm your dentures.

Give Your Gums a Break 

While wearing dentures may take some time to get used to, it is important to give your gums a break from them every now and then. Remove your dentures for at least 6-8 hours a day to allow your gums to rest and prevent irritation or sores. This will also give you an opportunity to clean your dentures thoroughly before wearing them again. 

Visit Your Dentist Regularly 

Regular dental checkups are crucial, even if you wear full dentures. Your dentist will examine your dentures, making any necessary fixes or modifications. They will also offer a professional cleaning to maintain the fresh look and comfortable feel of your dentures.

Be Patient with Eating and Speaking 

Adapting to eating and speaking with full dentures may require some time, but with practice and patience, you will become adept at it. Begin by consuming soft foods and slicing them into smaller portions to facilitate chewing. As for speaking, read out loud or talk to yourself in front of a mirror to help improve your enunciation and speech clarity. 

Full dentures are a great option for those who have lost all or most of their teeth. With proper aftercare and maintenance, they can provide you with a confident smile and functional bite. 

Remember to follow the above post-op instructions and visit your dentist regularly for optimal results. If you have any questions or concerns about your dentures, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco for guidance.