Immediate Dentures Keep You Smiling
Don’t Go a Day Without Your Teeth!
A number of questions and concerns might run through your mind before tooth extraction surgery. Among these questions is often, “What will I do until my extraction sites heal?”
Understandably, patients are worried about going without teeth until they are sufficiently healed and ready for permanent dentures. Thanks to immediate dentures, this concern can be alleviated!
Immediate dentures can be placed right after tooth extraction surgery so you don’t have to go a day without your teeth. Then, once your dental tissues have healed sufficiently, most patients opt for a more permanent fixture.
Healing following tooth extractions takes approximately six months, which is why getting a comfortable, proper-fitting immediate denture is especially important.
With the help of immediate dentures, your road to recovery following tooth extraction surgery can be much easier to navigate. Of course, it is also important to closely follow the post operative instructions your denturist and dental surgeon provide you with.
Tooth Extractions: Post Operative Instructions & Care
Some swelling and discomfort is to be expected following tooth extraction surgery. However, these steps can help you mitigate any discomfort and promote your healing:
- Remove and clean your immediate dentures 24 hours after tooth extraction surgery.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This helps promote healing.
- Take any medication that has been prescribed.
- Stick to soft, high calorie foods while your mouth heals.
Regular check-ups and maintenance to ensure ideal healing are required. Temporary linings or tissue conditioners will be required to ensure a positive fit. This procedure may be repeated a number of times based on your physiological rate of healing. At the completion of the healing period, a permanent reline or a new denture may be constructed to ensure a comfortable and exact fit.
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What do immediate dentures involve?
Getting immediate dentures begins by taking impressions of your existing teeth and gums prior to the extraction surgery. These impressions are used to create a working model for the construction of your new dentures.
From your molds, the denturist is able to copy and construct an immediate denture, duplicating your original teeth with improvements to your appearance at your request. Then, at your extraction appointment, your immediate dentures are inserted so you are not left without teeth during the healing period.
What should I know about getting immediate dentures?
- In most cases, denturists have no way of trying the denture(s) in before your extractions are completed. In some cases, esthetic compromises may have to be made in favor of structural integrity or limited space.
- During the healing period, postoperative instruction from the surgeon and denturist must be followed carefully.
- Your gums and bone recede to a much smaller size following tooth extraction surgery because of the tooth sockets closing.
- Regular check-ups and maintenance to ensure ideal healing are required.
- Temporary liners, tissue conditioners, and relines are additional services requiring payment beyond the service of manufacturing the immediate denture(s).
Can I get immediate dentures on the same day as tooth extraction surgery?
If proper molds and measurements can be taken ahead of time, this is possible for most patients.
How long do you keep immediate dentures in?
Following tooth extraction surgery, immediate dentures need to be kept in place for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, your gum tissue will swell more and you will be unable to fit them into your mouth again.