Patient Instructions

Denture Instructions and Care

DenturesPlease carefully read the instructions below to ensure that you receive the maximum benefit from your new custom-made denture(s):

  • wet your dentures with cold water to help them slip easily into your mouth;
  • wear your dentures for eating and during the daytime;
  • you should massage your gums with your fingers or a soft brush for several minutes daily. This improves the tone and health of your gums so that they will support the dentures better;
  • cut foods into small bite-sized pieces, especially during the first few months of receiving your new dentures;
  • foods should be chewed evenly using both sides of your mouth to reduce uneven wear on your denture teeth and the supporting tissues. This minimizes denture sore spots on your gums; and
  • leave your dentures out at night to give the gums rest, prevent sore spots, and reduce tooth decay. Grinding of your teeth is usually worse when sleeping, as night-time clenching is at its heaviest. This results in excessive wear of the denture teeth if they are worn at night.

Denture maintenance:

  • brush your dentures after each meal, using an ordinary soft toothbrush over a sink filled with water. This water bath will reduce the fall’s impact and prevent the denture from breaking;
  • a mild hand soap, toothpaste or denture paste can occasionally be used when cleaning the denture, but do not use harsh abrasives or gritty pastes to minimize denture wear;
  • never use boiling water on dentures;
  • keep dentures moist or soaked in water whenever they are out of the mouth, and to minimize denture shrinkage;
  • soak your denture overnight using Steradent denture cleaning tablets, or one teaspoon of White King in a glass to give your dentures an extra clean; and
  • except for metal dentures, stubborn stains or tartar can be removed by soaking acrylic dentures overnight in full strength white vinegar.

Mouthguard Instructions

MouthguardsYou would have had detailed instructions when you received your new custom-made mouthguard at Carlingford Dental Surgery. The following additional information will ensure that you can get the maximum benefit from your custom-made mouthguard:

  • Wear your mouthguard only for playing sports.
  • Never let anyone else use your mouthguard, as this will damage it.
  • Wet your mouthguard with cold water to help slip it into your mouth.
  • When finished with using your mouthguard, wash it in cold running water.
  • Always store the mouthguard in its case and avoid leaving it in the sun, in the car, or near places of heat, which will deform it.
  • While cleaning is not necessary, you may use a soft toothbrush and mild kitchen detergent to clean the mouthguard gently.
  • Your teeth position may change with time, and so your mouthguard may be harder to fit or uncomfortable to wear. We may be able to make minor adjustments to improve the fit and delay the need for a new mouthguard. NEVER try and modify the mouthguard yourself, as it may cause irreversible damage and provide limited protection.

Post Operative Care After an Extraction

An extraction is a minor oral surgical procedure. After an extraction you should follow these few instructions:

  • Avoid HOT drinks, alcohol, smoking, and hard, chewy foods.
  • Choose cool drinks and minced soft foods.
  • Do not rinse for two hours. After that, you may use warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water) to rinse gently.
  • Apply a cold compress externally to reduce swelling.
  • Take analgesics and antibiotics as instructed.
  • Rest for a few hours, but you do not have to lie down.
  • Strenuous exercise is best avoided for the remainder of the day.
  • A small amount of bleeding is normal. Should the wound begin to bleed, apply sterile gauze on the bleeding point and bite firmly on it for 15-20 minutes.
  • Call the surgery if you experience severe pain or excessive bleeding.