Are you concerned about not having teeth after a dental extraction procedure? Wondering how you’ll eat and talk? You’re not alone. To calm your fears, dentists can now create immediate dentures so patients no longer have to go four to six weeks without teeth.
Immediate dentures, also called same-day dentures, make it possible for some patients to have their teeth extracted and replaced in just one dental appointment. You are most likely a candidate for this procedure if you:
To make it possible to have your teeth extracted and denture placed in one day, you’ll attend an initial consultation. During this appointment, the dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw to see if you are a suitable candidate for immediate dentures.
Once your candidacy is confirmed, the dentist will take impressions of your existing teeth and gums. Your denture will be created from this mold. You and your dentist will work together to select the color, shape, and size of the teeth.
These molds and preferences are sent to a dental laboratory where a skilled technician will create your new smile. These are typically made from acrylic dental polymers and take between two and three weeks to finish.
During the second appointment, your dentist will use local anesthesia (and/or other forms of sedation) to numb your gums and extract your teeth. He will immediately place the carefully crafted denture. Temporary linings or tissue conditioners may be necessary for a comfortable fit.
After placement, the denture must be worn continuously for 48 to 72 hours. Removing the denture could result in the gums swelling and the denture not fitting properly. Follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions to ensure the best results.
It’s not uncommon for the dentures to be relined after your gums have healed. Jawbone deterioration may cause your dentures to fit uncomfortably. Your dentist will schedule regular check-ups to monitor your results.
While immediate dentures are a great option for many patients, they don’t come without drawbacks.
Because immediate dentures are created while you still have teeth, there is a risk that they don’t fit perfectly. Dentists also can’t predict how your mouth with heal, so the swelling may impact the fit of your dentures as well.
Jawbone deterioration is the greatest disadvantage of dentures (immediate or not). Your tooth roots stimulate the jawbone and keep it strong and intact. Without replacing the tooth roots, the jawbone will recede causing atrophy, or facial sagging. If you want to avoid this, ask your dentist about dental implants or permanent dentures.
Immediate dentures are a great option for patients who are concerned about going without teeth for weeks. When carefully created, your dentures can look natural and feel comfortable.
Immediate dentures are also a fantastic way to preserve your smile until you can have a more permanent prosthetic placed.
Be sure to choose a dentist who has experience in creating natural-looking prosthetics.
Our Atlanta, GA dentist is passionate about creating beautiful, healthy, realistic-looking smiles for his patients. Our state-of-the-art technology can manufacture dentures that look lifelike and fit comfortably. At our office, dentures aren’t complete until the patient is satisfied.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rodgers today by calling 404-577-6620.