An immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of natural teeth.
Advantages for Immediate Same Day Dentures
Maintaining Your Appearance
You will never need to appear in public without teeth.
A Natural Look, Reinforced by Natural Teeth
It is easier to duplicate the shape, color and arrangement of your natural teeth while some are still present in your mouth.
When an immediate denture is inserted at the time of extraction, it will act as a Band-Aid to protect the tissues and reduce bleeding.
Minimal Speech Impact
An immediate denture will allow you to establish your speech patterns early. You will not have to learn to speak without a denture in place and then later relearn to speak with a new denture.
Minimal Impact to Chewing Function
An immediate denture will also allow you to chew better than without any teeth and minimize facial distortion that may occur when teeth are removed.
Potential Disadvantages to Immediate Same Day Dentures
An immediate denture is initially more expensive than a conventional denture because additional time is needed for construction.
Unpredictable Look & Fit
You cannot always see how the denture will look before the teeth are extracted and the immediate denture is inserted. Also, initially, an immediate denture does not always fit as accurately as a conventional denture, which is made after the tissues have healed for six to eight weeks following extractions, and without wearing a denture.
A surgical stent (a guide for recontouring tissues after extraction) is often necessary and more follow-up visits are needed for adjustments and re-fitting. A soft temporary reline material will be utilized for re-fitting your denture when it becomes loose during the healing process. After the soft tissues have healed and shrinkage of the underlying bone has occurred (about six months following extractions), the immediate denture must be finalized by a permanent reline or new denture.
Things We Can Discuss
The pros and cons of a permanent reline versus making a new denture is something we can discuss together, to help you make a decision. Patients that choose to have an Immediate Sam Day Denture use it as a spare denture if their dentures break, are misplaced, or have to be repaired or relined.
Four to five visits in total may be necessary for the fabrication phase of an Immediate Same Day Denture, plus any preliminary surgery. For patients requiring a complete Immediate Same Day Denture, the back teeth are often extracted six to eight weeks prior to the fabrication phase. This allows the extraction sites to heal and a better-fitting Immediate Same Day Denture can be fabricated.
The fabrication phase consists of impressions, bite records, tooth selection and try-in of the back teeth. On the day of delivery, you will be seen in oral surgery for extraction of the appropriate teeth, followed by the insertion of the Immediate Dentures.