Immediate denture treatment

If your dentition has suffered from severe damage and your remaining teeth must be replaced, you should seek advice for immediate denture treatment. This type of denture is an appliance you can wear after tooth extraction. It helps you with chewing and talking until you can purchase a permanent denture.

The model for immediate dentures is an impression of your mouth. First, your dentist will take an impression for each arch and will recreate as well as possible the occlusion. He or she will also give you advice on the shape and color of your false teeth and gums. Then, your dentist will send the impression to a dental lab. Next, your dentist will adjust the occlusion, will make sure it doesn’t affect your talking and will check the aspect and functionality of your teeth and gums. It is possible that this step is repeated until it reaches a desirable effect.

When the shape finishing is ready, your dentist sends it again to the lab, to fabricate the final denture. Meanwhile, you will have your remaining teeth extracted. This may take a while, as it is not possible to execute all the extractions at once. This is a process that depends on the number of teeth extracted, on the shape of your jaw and on your general health. Your dentist will offer advice about the intervals between extractions.

Further possible complications

Although efforts will be made to fabricate a good and truly functional denture, there’s no such thing as a perfect appliance of the sort. You may need to pay some visits to your dentist for further adjustments that would finally lead to a correct positioning. This is mainly because, after extractions, gums tend to retract, thus modifying the inner shape of your mouth. Your denture will need then further adjustments.

Immediate dentures influence your ability to eat and you will not be able to chew like you used to. They can also affect your ability to articulate so you should consider some exercises in the first phase. Keep in mind that, due to differences between the maxilla bones, and due to tongue and cheek muscles movements, it’s easier to wear a denture on the lower jaw than it is on the upper jaw. Happily, implants are nowadays possible and they can render a better functionality over time. You should discuss this option further with your dentist.

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