You have been advised that you require an immediate denture. But what is it and how is it done? This information will help to explain the concepts and answer questions you might have regarding this type of denture. Your Denturist can guide you as to when the situation warrants an immediate denture.
When is an Immediate Denture used?
To avoid the situation of being without teeth, your denturist will implement the immediate denture technique. This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still present. The Denturist is then able to fabricate a denture in the likeness of your natural teeth, or make any necessary modifications you may wish.
When your natural teeth are extracted, your immediate denture(s) is then inserted. With this technique you will avoid the embarrassment of being without any teeth while going through the healing process.
Things you should know about Immediate Dentures
Since the Denturist is unable to insert the denture prior to having your teeth extracted, certain aesthetic compromises may be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems and the results are normally quite good.
It is important to follow the postoperative instructions of your Denturist or Dental Professional very carefully.
As healing occurs, the oral tissues recede so denture adjustments may be required. Follow up appointments with your Denturist are necessary. To maintain the best fit and comfort, a temporary liner or tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture. During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will probably continue to shrink to some degree, however the rate of change decreases with time. This is a natural occurrence, and is to be expected. After the healing process is complete, either a new permanent full denture(s) will be made or your denture(s) will be relined or rebased to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. The whole process takes approximately six months.
Your Denturist will recommend the option that best meets your particular needs. Contact us today to see if an immediate denture is the right option for you.