As the name suggests this type of denture is used to replace missing teeth immediately after they are extracted. When a number of teeth need to be removed for any reason, patients often look for an quick and instant solution.
Fitting an immediate denture can alleviate some of the problems associated with multiple extraction, for example speech and eating can be made very difficult, immediate dentures ensure there is minimal possible disruption to your daily life.
Why choose to have immediate dentures?
Immediate dentures are available as either a complete denture or just a partial one to accommodate remaining teeth in your mouth.
When teeth are extracted your mouth undergoes a series of changes. First there is swelling due to the nature of having teeth removed, this is completely normal. Once the swelling has gone down the gums will begin to recede, the jaw and remaining teeth also begin to move and adjust to the more space in the mouth. It is important to act quickly during this time to prevent these changes from occurring, fitting an immediate denture will help prevent these changes, as well as providing other benefits.
The denture will act as a form of bandage for the extraction sites aiding in the healing process if it is inserted immediately.
Any facial distortion that occurs as a result of the extraction can be prevented by the denture.
Your speech can be dramatically affected after having extractions, immediate dentures help you adjust quickly and allow you to use your tongue as normal.
The treatment process for immediate dentures:
The process to have immediate dentures fitted involves one of our experienced dentists taking impressions of your teeth prior to any extractions. This ensures your denture is available to be fitted immediately after the extraction process.
The impression is sent to the laboratory in order to be created. The lab will simulate your extractions by grinding away those teeth on the mould leaving a template to create the actual denture. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the dentures are a good fit, the nature of manufacturing from a simulated mould does mean there is a need for final adjustments and relining once your teeth have been removed. This may require a number of follow up visits to the dentist to ensure the best fit is achieved.
When multiple teeth are extracted the healing process can take weeks and in extreme cases months, combined with the shrinking gums and jawbone it causes the denture to become loose. Adjusting the loose denture may require soft or hard relining.
What is relining?
Relining is used in order to get the best possible fit from your new denture. Soft relining can be used on the first placement of your denture and then again once the healing process has finished. It involves filling the top of your denture with a smooth paste and then putting it into position in your mouth. Gently biting down and holding the denture in place will allow the paste to set and fill any gaps that might have formed due to bone and gum shrinkage.