Obturator Home Care
- Your obturator should be worn during waking hours only, unless your doctor advises you otherwise.
- Occasionally, some people may be advised to leave the obturator inserted overnight during the first few days after surgery.
- Eventually, however, it should be worn during meals and during the day, and removed at bedtime, or when napping.
- After meals, you may wish to remove the obturator and rinse it of any food debris, and reinsert it.
- After removal at night, it must be cleaned by gentle brushing with a soft brush and denture toothpaste, or liquid soap.
- Usually there will be part of the obturator that will have a soft lining material attached. This soft liner can easily be damaged during the first couple of days, before it hardens. For the first few days or so, if this material remains soft and tacky, do not brush it. If debris accumulates on it, run it under room-temperature water, and use a Q-tip to gently remove the debris. After a few days as it begins to harden, a soft brush can be used on the lining to clean it.
- Do not use commercial denture cleaners – they can damage the soft plastic addition.
- Each evening, after brushing, the obturator should be stored overnight in water with a couple of squirts of dish washing liquid soap, or liquid hand soap, in the water. Rinse well before inserting in the morning.
Denture adhesives may be needed to help retain the prosthesis. Your doctor will advise you if it is recommended. Try several brand or types and use whichever one seems to work best for you.
Remember, all adhesive must be cleaned from your mouth and dentures before sleep each night, and before soaking.
General Mouth Care
Your mouth must be kept scrupulously clean during this healing period:
- Use a soft (or extra-soft, if your doctor recommends) nylon toothbrush to brush the top of your tongue, cheeks, roof of your mouth, and lower ridge.
- To soften the brush even further, hold it under hot top water for a few seconds.
- If you have natural teeth present, brush your teeth and the gums around your teeth three times a day.
- If you are at high risk for tooth decay, you may be prescribed a high fluoride concentration toothpaste (i.e. Prevident ® 5000 Plus).
Dealing with your new prosthesis during this healing process will be challenging for you. You may experience leakage and problems with retention, depending on the size and location of your surgical defect.
Healing may be delayed if you also must undergo radiation therapy after your surgery.
We will work with you and do all we can to maintain your function and comfort. We greatly appreciate your patience during this difficult time.