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Immediate Dentures

An immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of remaining natural teeth.

What are the advantages of an immediate denture? A patient can go from literally having no teeth ( or a few remaining bad teeth) to having a full set of teeth before leaving the Dentist office

There are several advantages to an immediate denture. The most important being that you will never need to appear in public without 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. An immediate denture will also allow you to establish your speech patterns early. 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.

A few disadvantages of the immediate denture include cost among other things.

An immediate denture is initially more expensive than a conventional denture because additional time is needed for construction. A surgical stent is often necessary and more follow-up visits are needed for adjustments and re-fitting. Another disadvantage is that 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.

Is an immediate Denture for everyone, the short answer is no. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for an immediate denture. Some people may be advised against this treatment, due to general health conditions, or because of specific oral problems.

Speak with your Dentist today to find out if this could be an option for you.

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