Immediate dentures may be suggested as the best alternative for you. An example would be if you had eight remaining upper teeth, but these teeth are poor and cannot be used to support a new denture. If you were to have a traditional denture made, it would be necessary to have all these teeth removed first, the bones and gums would have to heal and then a denture could be made.
The process could take months and you would have to adapt to life without teeth. As an alternative to having no teeth while you wait for your gums to heal, we use an immediate denture technique.
How is it done?
Your dental prosthedontist will take impressions of your mouth while your teeth are still present. Models of your mouth are made so we can do simulated extractions on the models and place the denture teeth as close as you require to your natural gums and correct any tooth position issues you may have.
When your teeth are extracted, your new denture is ready to be inserted so you do not have to experience any time without teeth.
What will it look like?
Certain compromises may have to be made as your dental prosthedontist is unable to get an exact replica denture prior to extracting your teeth, however this shouldn’t pose any problems and the esthetic result should be more than satisfactory.
Adapting to Immediate Dentures
It’s very important that you follow the post operative instructions of your dental prosthedontist very carefully and your follow up is very important. You must wear your new immediate dentures for three days or as per instructions from your denture prosthedontist, after surgery without removing it. This will help control the swelling and bleeding.
You must follow the oral hygiene instructions provided by your dental prosthedontist and dentist. This usually will include rinsing your mouth frequently with salt water. This helps control harmful bacteria thereby encouraging your gums to heal.
In order to compensate for the rapid changes that occur during healing, a temporary denture lining may be used to adapt the fit surface of the denture to the present shape and size of the supportive tissue. The duration of the effectiveness of the lining depends upon when the lining is done and the degree of shrinkage in your mouth. Your denture prosthedontist will advise you of the fee cost for this service.
There may be other adjustment to the denture that are necessary to help keep them comfortable during the healing period. You should consult your dental prosthedontist if you are experiencing soreness as experience shows that soreness is the greatest handicap to denture comfort and tolerance.
Maintaning Immediate Dentures
Once healing has occured after 4 to 6 months, you will need a reline of your immediate denture or the fabrication of an entirely new denture.
If a new denture is to be made, your denture clinic prosthedontist will then be able to make any esthetic and phonetic changes that you want within the limits of denture prosthedontics. If a new denture is to be made you will then be able to use the immediate denture as a spare or emergency denture. This can come in handy if your new denture should break and need to be repaired.
Failure to reline an immediate denture may allow hyperplastic tissue to grow into the denture.
Ask your dental prosthedontist for an estimate of costs to reline or remake your denture once your mouth has healed at 4 to 6 months post extraction.
Your dental prosthedontist can restore your smile and ensure that the cause of soreness is removed, but only you have the ability to perservere with your new denture and adapt to eating and speaking with dentures.
Contact Prestige Denture Clinic in Ballarat today on (03) 5332 7301 if you have any questions or require further information regarding immediate dentures or to book an appointment.