What are Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures can be either complete or partial dentures that are inserted on the same day of your extractions. Like the name implies, immediate dentures are given to you immediately after your teeth have been removed so you don’t have to leave the dentist without teeth.
Benefits of Immediate Dentures
Immediate dentures can be a form of complete dentures. Immediate dentures are an excellent alternative to having teeth immediately after your natural teeth are removed.
They protect the sockets of the extraction sites (where natural teeth have been removed). This allows healing to progress while helping to keep the gums free of particles that might cause irritation. These dentures restore your natural look, which can help improve your confidence and comfort and home and at work.
They dentures can help you make the transition from eating soft foods to a wider variety of textures during the healing process.
Indications for Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures are made before your extraction date with the dentist. If your dentist has advised that your teeth should be removed to benefit your overall health, then an immediate denture may be a good option to have after your teeth have been extracted.
Compromises to Immediate Dentures
The drawback of having these dentures is the lack of “try-in” stage. “Try-in” stage is when teeth are placed in wax and into the mouth to allow the wearer to see how the fabricated denture will feel and look when it is finished Therefore, compromises to the dentures may be required. A solution to this is having a transitional immediate denture which would be worn for about a year followed by fabricating a more conclusive denture afterwards. The benefit to the transitional immediate denture would allow you to see how your smile is and decide after a year if you’d like to make any esthetic changes.
As your denturist, we would work closely with your dentist or oral surgeon and coordinate the timing and follow up appointments. The success of your immediate denture treatment can be highly dependent on the collaboration between your denturist and the dentist or oral surgeon.