Immediate Dentures

An immediate denture is a denture that is placed as soon as the existing teeth are extracted.

Half Set-Up

Prior to extractions, a denture is fabricated with your existing tooth placement.  We do our best to see that the fit, appearance and comfort will be ideal. In some cases it is more beneficial to make what is called an “Interim Denture” which is only a temporary denture.

A new denture will be made after the healing process has taken place, at which time we can address any concerns with the new denture.

Tissue Conditioners

After the extraction of teeth, there is a significant change to the ridge area that once supported your teeth. We place several tissue conditioners along the way of healing.  These tissue conditioners fill the voids while the ridge crest shrinks, re-stabilizing and in most situations re-securing the dentures/partials.

Potentially, there is still a chance there may be some adhesive needed, especially in the beginning.  After roughly six to eight months of healing, we will reline your dentures with a hard reline replacing the tissue conditioners with acrylic and once again stabilizing and re-securing the dentures.

Care for immediate dentures

Initially it will be a little uncomfortable. Your mouth is healing after extractions, and there may be some bruising.  You can eat only soft foods such as yogurts, pastas and soups.  A diet high in protein is a good idea since proteins help in the healing process.

Speech is sometimes very heavily affected.  You now have, what feels like, a mouth full of teeth.  Saliva is severely increased, more so in some than others.  Sometime the occlusion (tooth to tooth contacts) needs to be modified.  A lot of times there are adjustments that need to be made due to a sore spot.

These are all just some of the issues that people experience during this healing period.  It is all normal, and not everyone has the same experience.  Your brother may have had a heck of a time, while your best friend skated without any issues.  Everyone is different and there is really no way of predicting the outcome, or how you will cope with the different situations.