An immediate denture is one that is fabricated prior to the natural teeth extraction and inserted into the mouth immediately following the extraction procedure. An immediate denture may be complete (full) or partial.
While having immediate dentures placed in the mouth right after the surgery may seem odd, it helps with the healing process a great deal:
- it helps control the post-surgical swelling and should be worn without removing for 3 days
- it prevents harmful bacteria from entering the wounds and causing an infection
- it allows the patient to feel confident while interacting with others
- it helps the patient re-establish the speech pattern ahead of time before the permanent dentures are placed
- it helps preserve, maintain, and support the soft tissue and contours of the face during the healing process
- immediate dentures can look very good and improve patient’s look and smile
- it helps process (chew) the soft food, aiding the digestive system
While your dentist and the dental lab will strive to make a perfect fit for your immediate dentures, some minor adjustments may be required, because of the unpredictability of the post-surgical bone reshaping and soft tissue shrinkage. Since the original impressions for an immediate denture are taken before the removal of the teeth, a soft temporary reline material may be used to refit your denture, if needed, during the healing process. It takes up to six months for the tissue to heal completely and finalize the permanent dentures.
Wearing an immediate denture may seem like a challenge and requires patience. The tong getting used to the “bulky” teeth, the feeling of not having adequate room inside the mouth, practicing certain sounds, irritable gums, difficulty chewing, and not being able to eat your favorite foods—this is to be expected during the healing process.
Our friendly staff at CV Dental care will answer all your questions and find the best possible solutions to make your smile perfect.