The primary difference between an immediate denture and a conventional, or permanent, denture is that the former is temporary. Immediate dentures aren’t custom-fitted to the mouth like permanent dentures, so they don’t always fit properly.
Immediate dentures are dentures placed in your mouth on the same day that your dentist extracts your teeth. You’ll wear these for the first several months after extraction. This way, you’ll have teeth while awaiting the arrival of your permanent dentures. Immediate dentures also protect your gum tissue as your mouth heals from the extraction.
There are several advantages of an immediate denture. The most important factor is that you will never need to appear in public without teeth. It is also 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. An immediate denture will allow you to establish your speech patterns early. You won’t have to learn to speak without a denture in place and relearn to speak with a new denture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who’s a good candidate for immediate (temporary) dentures?
To be clear, you don’t “have” to get an immediate denture. If you’re only losing one tooth or a few teeth (on the sides of your mouth), these missing teeth might be unnoticeable. For this reason, the decision to get an immediate denture is often one of personal choice based on the cost of treatment and the pros and cons.
What’s the procedure for getting immediate (temporary) dentures?
The process of getting immediate dentures involves several trips to the dentist. During your initial appointment, your dentist will measure your upper and lower jaw, and note the shape and color of your natural teeth.
How long do immediate (temporary) dentures last?
Immediate dentures are designed to be temporary, only worn for about 6 to 8 months until the arrival of a permanent denture. Since these aren’t custom-fitted to the mouth, they can slip and move, so many people don’t wear them for an extended period of time.
How much do immediate (temporary) dentures cost?
Immediate dentures are comparable in price to permanent dentures. However, it’s worth noting that the cost really depends on where you live and the type of materials used.
What are the disadvantages of immediate dentures?
- They aren’t custom-made to your mouth, so the fit isn’t as ideal as permanent dentures, and they may slip or move a bit.
- You may need to have your immediate dentures periodically adjusted or relined for comfort. “Relined” means adding extra material to the denture to account for changes in your mouth due to healing.
- You might experience soreness or irritation as your mouth adjusts to the dentures.
- You’ll need to wear them for about 4 to 6 months, until your permanent dentures arrive.
- They don’t always feel like natural teeth. Also, they’re not as sharp as permanent dentures. This makes chewing a little harder for some people.
What are the advantages of immediate dentures?
- They immediately fill gaps in your mouth after a tooth extraction, or after a full-mouth extraction.
- They protect your gums during the healing process, and help to minimize gum bleeding.
- You receive immediate dentures on the same day as your extraction.
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