IMMEDIATE DENTURES; ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.
If you have lost a few (or all) of your teeth and choose to replace them with a denture. It normally takes around 6 to 7 months to design and construct your permanent denture after extractions. Until then, you might feel hesitant going out in public or even near your close friends and family with missing teeth. In this case, if you are a suitable candidate we can provide you an immediate denture. It will not only restore your aesthetics but also help your extraction wounds heal comfortably.
WHAT DO IMMEDIATE DENTURES REFER TO?
It is a removable denture with artificial teeth provided on the same day as your teeth are extracted. It is a temporary device, which helps you look better, speak normally, and chew food properly. It should ideally be replaced after 4 to 6 months with a permanent denture.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM IMMEDIATE DENTURES?
It is supposed to mimic natural teeth in appearance and aid you perform your daily tasks without hindrance. But, remember these teeth won’t look as perfect as your permanent denture teeth. You might also feel that they are getting loose with time. There is no need to worry it’s normal for immediate dentures to become loose as the extraction wound heals and gums underneath begin to shrink towards normal. You may observe excessive salivation and slight soreness in your mouth, this is also a normal response of your tissues. It will reduce within 2 to 3 weeks.
STEPS OF IMMEDIATE DENTURES
After explaining the procedure and possible outcomes, your dentist will take a series of impressions of your mouth in a pre-formed mold.
All necessary extractions (tooth removal) will be performed
Now the technicians and dentist will together design and make your dentures
The dentures will be tried-in in your mouth, and once a satisfactory fitting is achieved you can wear these dentures from the same day until your permanent dentures are delivered.
IMMEDIATE DENTURES RECOVERY TIME
Since your extraction wounds are fresh, you may experience soreness after immediate denture placement. You can minimize this by using gels and soothing creams prescribed by your dentist. You can start taking liquids and soft foods immediately. As for solid food intake, wait at least 4 weeks to allow a swift healing process. Immediate dentures normally require to be relined 3 to 4 times within a period of 4 to 6 months. This is done to adapt the fitting surface of the denture according to the changing tissues underneath.
IMMEDIATE DENTURES AFTERCARE
The after-care of immediate dentures is similar to permanent dentures. Remove dentures while sleeping and immerse them in water to avoid shrinkage. Wash your dentures daily, with soapy water, and cleanse your gums with a good mouthwash.
IMMEDIATE DENTURES WITH FULL MOUTH EXTRACTIONS
Patients who undergo full mouth extractions and become edentulous, often need special care with immediate dentures. They should keep the dentures in for the first 24 hours. For the next couple of days remove dentures thrice a day. Regularly rinse the mouth with warm saline water and keep an ice pack to reduce swelling.
Whether you should go for immediate dentures or simply wait for the permanent dentures, is completely up to you. We hope with the above information you can make a better decision for yourself