The pros and cons of immediate dentures
Immediate dentures are a temporary solution to tooth loss.
If you have lost one or more teeth, the good news is that there are number of restorative treatment options available to you. Dentures remain a popular choice because of their ability to function like natural teeth. There are many types of dentures, and your dentist will let you know which kind is most appropriate for you. If your dentist needs to extract some of your teeth, it can take some time to fabricate your permanent dentures, so you may choose to wear immediate temporary dentures in the meantime. Read on to find out about the pros and cons of temporary dentures, and why you might consider them…
What are immediate dentures?
Immediate dentures differ from permanent dentures in that they are designed to be temporary. Immediate temporary dentures are typically placed on the same day as your tooth extraction process. This means that you will never have to be without teeth. You can wear your immediate dentures for a few months until your permanent dentures have been fabricated and are ready to be fitted. By wearing immediate dentures, you can enjoy an aesthetically pleasing smile. The temporary dentures will also help to protect your gums as you recover from your tooth extraction procedure.
What are the benefits of immediate dentures?
One of the main benefits of immediate dentures is that you don’t have to have a toothless or gappy smile while you wait for your permanent dentures to be made. They are placed in your mouth immediately after your extraction and fill in any gaps that you would otherwise have.
Temporary dentures are also helpful in protecting your gum tissue while your mouth heals from your tooth extraction. In fact, they can even help to reduce bleeding.
Is there a downside?
Although immediate temporary dentures are generally comfortable to wear, you may have to see your dentist for adjustments or a reline every now and then. This is because there may be changes in your mouth throughout the healing process, which can affect the fit and comfort of your temporary dentures.
It is also completely normal to experience some irritation, tenderness or soreness when you first have your temporary dentures placed. Over time, your mouth will adjust to your new dentures.
Who is suited to immediate dentures?
Immediate temporary dentures are usually best suited to patients who need to have a full mouth extraction. If, however, you have only lost one or a few teeth, you might choose not to get temporary dentures at all, especially if the gaps are not visible when you smile.
If you choose to get immediate dentures, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and measure your jaw. Your teeth will then be extracted, and your temporary dentures will be placed. After between three and five days, your denture will be assessed. You will need to come in for denture linings fairly regularly.
After around three to six months, you can choose to either have your temporary denture relined so that it lasts longer, or you can have a permanent denture fabricated to fit your healed mouth. Your dentist will guide you through this decision-making process and let you know what is best for you.
How can we help?
At Impressions Dental Studio, we offer a range of dentures and denture services. If you would like to avoid being without teeth while you have permanent dentures made, we encourage you to come in and chat to us about immediate temporary dentures. Our team is available to answer any questions that you have, and will guide you through your treatment from beginning to end.
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