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What Is an Immediate Denture and When Are They Used?
Immediate dentures are artificial teeth which are placed immediately following a tooth extraction, so you can avoid having missing teeth during the healing process.
Why Is an Immediate Denture Used?
To avoid being without teeth following an extraction, we will implement the immediate denture technique to keep you functioning as normally as possible.
This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still present. We can then fabricate a denture in the likeness of your natural teeth, or make any necessary modifications you may desire.
When your natural teeth are extracted, your immediate denture is then inserted.
Things You Should Know about Immediate Dentures
Since it is next to impossible to try-in the denture prior to extracting your teeth, certain aesthetic compromises might be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems, and the results we have achieved have been astonishing.
It is important to follow the postoperative instructions, and it is never a bad idea to call us with any questions you may have during the recovery period.
As healing occurs, the oral tissues recede so denture adjustments may be required. Follow-up appointments are necessary to maintain the best fit and comfort. A temporary liner or tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture for temporary relief as well. During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will probably continue to shrink to some degree; however, the rate of change decreases with time. This is a natural occurrence, which is to be expected but can be reduced or stopped through implant retained procedures. After the healing process is complete, either a new permanent full denture (s) will be made or your denture(s) will be relined or rebased to ensure the most comfortable fit possible.
How to Care for Your Immediate Dentures
Talk to your denturist about when you can safely follow these procedures after your extractions.
- After every meal, be sure to rinse and brush your dentures with a denture cleaning paste. Never use toothpaste, as it is too abrasive for dentures.
- Brush your gums and the roof of your mouth gently with a moist, soft bristle brush.
- Use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria and food debris.
- Rinse your mouth with water several times a day.
- Remove your denture once a day, typically at bedtime, and place it in a covered container with a soaking denture cleanser formulated to kill bacteria.
- After you denture has been soaking in the cleanser, rinse it thoroughly in warm water before inserting it into your mouth.