Immediate dentures are very similar to traditional dentures, except that they allow you to walk into your dentist for teeth removal surgery, and walk out with a smile on the very same day. Whether you need a few teeth removed or a full mouth extraction. Immediate dentures can offer a convenient, comfortable and durable option to improve your jaw and your smile.
Immediate Dentures Vs. Traditional Dentures
If you are considering dentures, you might have a lot of questions about how immediate dentures work, especially in comparison with traditional dentures.
- How Immediate Dentures Work
- Are immediate dentures more expensive?
- How long do immediate dentures last?
- Do Immediate Dentures Need to be Replaced ?
- Will you benefit more from them than traditional dentures?
How Immediate Dentures Work
If you and your dentist have decided on getting immediate dentures, what to expect might be the biggest question on your mind. By learning more about the process of getting immediate dentures, what to expect, and what the benefits are, you will almost certainly have an easier adjustment process.
Like regular dentures, immediate dentures are created for a patient’s mouth from a mould. With regular dentures, this mould will be created after teeth are removed and gums have healed, leaving to a more accurate fit, where as with immediate dentures, the mould is created before surgery. Following your surgery for partial or full mouth extraction, immediate dentures will be inserted by the dentist, and your denturist will make adjustments as needed as you heal.
You should discuss with your denturist which option is best for you. Both immediate and conventional dentures come with your own set of benefits and challenges, and everyone’s priorities will be different. For some, a lower cost will be attractive, while others will want to immediately start benefiting from their dentures.
Are Immediate Dentures Expensive?
Immediate dentures are a pricier option than conventional options. This is because the process of creating and fitting your dentures will be more time consuming. Although many people find the benefits of immediate dentures often to be worth the added cost, this might be a major factor in deciding on whether immediate dentures are right for you.
How long do immediate dentures last?
Immediate dentures are actually called as transitional dentures which means they should be replaced once the healing process has taken place. There are certain steps that cannot be incorporated during the fabrication of immediate dentures as they are processed on assumptions. So, their esthetic may be questionable as wax try-in stage (very important step) is missing in immediate denture fabraction.
Sometimes, immediate dentures can be converted to conventional dentures depending on the outcome of the treatment.
Do Immediate Dentures Need to be Replaced ?
Immediate dentures are also called transitional dentures that can be converted to conventional dentures based on individual patients. However, they are more likely to need adjustments/reline than conventional dentures. This is because as your mouth heals from surgery, you can expect minor changes to your jaw and gums. Although these changes might be small, they can have a major impact in the comfort of your dentures. Immediate dentures are intended to be replaced if your jaw bone changes a lot, but if changes are not a lot then dentures can be relined by your denturist.
Will you benefit more from them than traditional dentures?
Essentially, patients turn to immediate dentures to solve the same problem as traditional ones: receding bone and gum tissue from missing teeth, along with changes in physical appearance. Sometimes, the unfortunate reality is that you cannot avoid the removal of your natural teeth, and surgery is the best option to prepare you for your dentures.
However, the recovery time between your surgery and when you get your new dentures can be very unpleasant. Your ability to speak and eat might be negatively impacted, and you might be very eager to get your smile back. Although it will vary, with traditional dentures, you may be waiting days or even weeks after your surgery to get your dentures.
Immediate dentures will instead be inserted immediately after your dental surgery. One of the biggest advantages of this is that you will notice the benefits of your dentures right away: you will immediately be able to chew (although softer foods are strongly suggested) and speak, and can alleviate some of the stress that comes with the healing process.
On the other hand, however, it is likely that your gums and jaw may change shape as they heal from the surgery. This could result in your dentures requiring reline after the healing process is over. Although many patients still find immediate dentures to be easier for their healing, it might require you to visit your dentist more often following the initial insertion.