An immediate denture is an option when you have a failed dentition and extractions of your remaining teeth is unavoidable. An immediate denture will allow you to avoid the embarrassment of living without teeth. We will begin the preparation for this procedure before your teeth are extracted.
The first step is taking impressions of your existing teeth and gums to create accurate duplicates for placement after tooth removal. At your extraction appointment, your immediate dentures are inserted creating a natural smile you can be proud of.
Great care should be taken to follow all postoperative instructions. Your gums and bone will change shape as they mature after extraction. Regular check-ups and maintenance will monitor monitor these changes and minimize their impact. Tissue conditioners are soft liners that are used to help tissues mature as well as create an optimal fit during the post-operative period which typically lasts four to eight months. The tissue conditioner will need to be adjusted or replaced a number of times during the period of time that your tissue matures. A permanent reline of the immediate denture will ultimately be required to ensure a comfortable and an exact fit after your tissues have completed this maturation process.
Fabricating a second set of definitive dentures is a more viable alternative leaving this first set of “immediate” dentures as a back up like an old pair of eyeglasses.