You’ve been advised that you need 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 immediate dentures.
Considering an Immediate Denture?
You may have decided to have some or all of your remaining teeth extracted or your Dentist may have advised you that you should consider having extractions. You may have been given a treatment option of having an immediate denture placed at time of the extraction(s).
This brochure is a general guide to a potentially complicated and involved dental procedure. Obtaining detailed information on this topic, specific to your dental situation, is highly recommended. Your Denturist will help guide you on whether an immediate denture is for you.
What is an Immediate Denture and how is it fabricated?
Prior to extractions, your Denturist will take impressions and specific measurements of your existing oral situation. Together, with your Denturist, you may determine the size, shape and colour (shade) of the teeth to be used (as well as other esthetic considerations) for your new dentures.
The finished immediate denture (also known as an immediate placement denture) is inserted immediately after your tooth or teeth have been extracted, usually while your mouth is still frozen with local anesthetic.
Why an Immediate Denture may be necessary...
An immediate denture is an excellent alternative to being without your teeth because your smile is restored directly after your extraction(s). An immediate denture will also protect the sensitive gum tissue at the extraction site(s). The denture acts as a bandage to:
Control swelling and allow the healing to progress
Help keep the gums/tissue free of debris (food impaction) that can cause irritation
Prevent dislodging of extraction site(s) blood clots that are necessary for healing
During the healing process after extractions, the presence of an immediate denture can also help make the transition from eating soft foods to a wider variety of food easier and faster. However, the ability to eat a wide variety of textures does take time, and the rate at which extraction sites heal varies with every individual. The results and length of healing time may vary considerably (from a few weeks to several months) due to many factors. Some of these factors are: your general health (e.g. diabetes, immune system diseases), nutrition, age, and the condition of your teeth and oral tissues prior to extractions.