Immediate Dentures

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Immediate Dentures

When natural teeth can no longer be saved and extractions are necessary, this denture is placed into the mouth immediately after the extractions are completed.


An immediate denture is the first denture a patient will receive. It is constructed to replace the loss of natural teeth from the upper arch, the lower arch, or both, and is inserted immediately after the removal of the natural teeth by the dentist. Naturally, any loss of your natural teeth is a regrettable occurrence, but it happens to many of us. Fortunately, dental technology has come a long way in the past 2 or 3 decades, and today’s denturist uses only the finest materials and modern equipment when making your denture. Some advantages to having your dentures placed immediately are:

•  The patient can usually carry on both business and social obligations without interruption

•  Immediate dentures control bleeding and swelling and act as a splint

•  Protect the gum ridges from trauma and outside sources

•  Allows the patient to adapt to the new dentures while healing is taking place with marginal discomfort


Although the advantages of immediate dentures exceed the disadvantages, one cannot overlook these primary disadvantages:

•  More office visits are required for adjustments, especially during the first few weeks after insertion

•  There is no opportunity to observe the appearance of the denture before insertion, therefore

    the denture cannot be fully assessed until insertion is complete, sometimes resulting in

    less favourable results


It is important that you see your denturist either the same day or the next day after insertion, depending on how you feel, to have the new placement assessed. You should not remove the dentures for at least 24 to 48 hours after extractions, then remove and clean the dentures with mild soapy water or a denture cleaner and rinse the mouth with a warm salt water solution to promote healing. Expect some swelling and discomfort and take any medication that is prescribed. A diet of softer foods in the beginning is highly recommended; as is chewing slowly and allowing yourself time to adjust to eating with your new dentures. It will take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks for the extraction sites to heal sufficiently. During this time the denture will start to feel like it is getting quite loose. Adjustments are often necessary, along with temporary liners to make the denture feel secure and comfortable. When tissue has completely healed (which may take anywhere from 6 months to a year), only then should a permanent reline be done, since the severity of the healing process varies from patient to patient. The cost of a permanent reline is not included in the cost of the dentures.


Although this is your first experience using a denture, you should know that your denturist would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your new denture. Simply call 780-476-2529 for an appointment.

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