Dental Mechanic, Dental Technician
What is an immediate denture?
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal.
In order to compensate for the rapid changes that occur during healing, Reline Service will be used to adapt the fitting surface of the denture for the new fit.
What are the advantages of an immediate denture?
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 will not have to learn to speak without a denture in place and then later relearn to speak with a new denture. 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.
What are the disadvantages of an immediate denture?
The biggest disadvantage is the increased cost. 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, immediate dentures do not always fit as accurately as a conventional denture, which is made after the tissues have healed for six to eight weeks following extractions, and without wearing a denture.
Why does an immediate denture cost more?
Immediate dentures are initially more expensive than a conventional denture because additional time is needed for construction. Also, more follow-up visits are needed for adjustments and re-fitting. A soft temporary reline material will be utilized for re-fitting your denture when it becomes loose during the healing process. After the soft tissues have healed and shrinkage of the underlying bone has occurred (about six months following extractions), the immediate dentures must be finalized by a permanent reline or new denture. At this time, you will be charged for either a reline or a new denture, depending on your choice.
Our friendly staff will discuss with you the pros and cons of a permanent reline versus making a new denture, to help you make a decision. A major advantage to making a new denture is that the immediate dentures can be a spare denture if the new denture breaks, is misplaced, or has to be repaired or relined in our onsite laboratory (dental technician).
Is an immediate denture for everyone?
Not everyone is a candidate for immediate dentures. Some people may be advised against this treatment, due to general health conditions, or because of specific oral problems.