Before and After Dentures

Immediate Dentures

You’ve been advised that you need an immediate denture. But what is it and how is it done? This information will help to explain the concepts and answer questions you might have regarding this type of denture. Your dental prosthetist can guide you as to when the situation warrants immediate dentures.

To avoid the situation of being without teeth, your dental prosthetist will implement the immediate denture technique. This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still present. The dental prosthetist is then able to fabricate a denture in the likeness of your natural teeth, or make any necessary modifications you may wish.

When your natural teeth are extracted, your immediate denture is then inserted. In this technique, you have avoided having to go without any teeth while you go through the healing process. Since the dental prosthetist is unable to try-in the denture, certain esthetic compromises may be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems, and the results are normally quite good.

It is important to follow the postoperative instructions of your dental prosthetist, dentist or oral surgeon very carefully. As swelling reduces your gums will start to shrink and your dentures will become loose. This is when we would recommend a temporary liner.

A temporary liner tightens the denture up again and as the name suggests, is a temporary measure until we reach a stage where we feel that a more permanent option is appropriate. You may need 3 to 5 temporary liners per denture over the first 4-6 months.

Once we are confident that most of the shrinkage has occurred, we will either recommend a permanent reline, or replacement of the denture.

Your dental prosthetist will recommend the option that best meets your particular needs. Contact your dental prosthetist to see if an immediate denture is the right option for you.

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