If you don’t have dentures but you have painful teeth or an unattractive smile we can improve your chewing ability and give you a very pleasing smile.
In order to save you the embarrassment of going without teeth, you can elect to have a denture placed in your mouth at the same time your teeth are removed. This denture is called an Immediate Denture.
Most all extractions are done right in our office. Rarely is it necessary for you to be referred to a specialist for extractions.
There are some disadvantages that you need to be aware of when you have an immediate denture:
- When teeth are removed the gums will shrink creating a lot of space between parts of the denture and the healing gums. In many cases, an immediate denture will feel looser with almost every day that passes. You may need to use some adhesive.
- Because of this looseness you will probably have sore spots. This will require office visits for adjustments to your denture to relieve these pressure areas.
- Healing may take several months. We will do everything we can to help you maintain an adequate fit during this time of healing, including temporary “soft” relines. The material is rubbery and medicated and makes the denture much more comfortable until enough healing has taken place to do a permanent “hard” reline. There may be an additional charge for this hard reline.
- The immediate denture acts as a bandage during healing. It should not be removed during the 24 hours after your extractions. At that time you should rinse them off. After the initial healing, they should be removed upon retiring every evening.
- Chewing and biting will be more difficult for you.
- Your speech may be affected until you adjust to it.
- Unlike a final denture, it is not possible to check the position and appearance of the immediate denture teeth prior to its placement in your mouth. Before the teeth are removed, there is no way for you to see how the teeth will look in your mouth. We will have to use our best judgment to duplicate the position of your own teeth as closely as possible. For this reason not everyone will be happy with the appearance of their immediate denture and will want to have a new denture in about six to eight months when most of the healing has taken place. This has the added benefit of being able to use the Immediate Denture as a “spare” in case of emergencies later.