Immediate Dentures are made in the Denture Clinic, delivered to the patient and then inserted into a patients mouth by a Dentist immediately following the removal of teeth. Immediate Dentures serve three main purposes:
- Protect the extraction sites
- Aid in healing (acts like a “bandaid”)
- Help a person adjust to eating and speaking
Studies have shown that patients who have Immediate Dentures inserted following extraction adjust to wearing dentures quicker than patients that choose alternative denture options. (The other option is to wait for a couple weeks for some initial healing to occur and then make a denture).
After an Immediate Denture has been inserted the Denturist will generally see the patient within a 24 hour period to examine the denture to determine if it needs to be adjusted in any way. This is followed by a series of soft reline/tissue conditioner appointments over a the next 9-12 month which are needed to stabilize the denture while the mouth heals and changes.
Immediate Dentures take two forms: Temporary or Permanent
TEMPORARY IMMEDIATE DENTURES
Temporary Immediate Dentures are intended to only be used by a patient for about a year. They are nearly identical to a Permanent Immediate Denture, but the teeth used are of less quality and they are only about half the cost, but at the end of the year a new denture will have to be made at full cost. Patients who are concerned about the looks/esthetics of their dentures should consider this option.
PERMANENT IMMEDIATE DENTURES
Permanent Immediate Dentures are intended to be worn by a patient for the life of the denture, which is usually around 5 years. They are materials and teeth used when making them are carefully selected so that they will last during that time period and time is taken to replicate the looks/esthetics that is wanted by the patient.