An immediate denture or in other words, a transitional denture, is a complete denture made out of dental acrylic. Most often it will be inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of natural teeth.
What are the advantages of an immediate denture?
- These are designed to be a short term solution while your gums are healing.
- You will never need to appear in public without any teeth or with unsightly gaps in between your teeth.
- An immediate denture can act as a bandage to protect the tissues and to reduce bleeding.
- For the dental specialist it is easier to duplicate the shape colour and arrangement of your natural teeth while there are other teeth to compare with.
- An immediate denture will enable you to chew normally and socialize with others without feeling self-conscious.
- It will minimize facial distortion and provide support for your jaw.
What will the healing process be like?
- You may experience some discomfort the first few days after extraction as the denture settles down, but this is normal.
- Your dentist will instruct you as to how long the immediate denture needs to be in place before being taken out to clean.
- The fit of the denture will have to be adjusted periodically as your gums change shape.
- A denture reline made of soft material can be comfort fitted to your gums to help retain the stability of your denture.
- At the end of this healing process you will need to be fitted with a permanent denture.
- Your immediate denture might need to be adjusted to fit correctly using hard reline material which is longer lasting. This denture can be retained for the use in emergencies.
How is an immediate denture made?
- Before the removal of your teeth your dentist will take an impression of your mouth.
- This impression will be sent to the dental laboratory and cast in plaster.
- The laboratory will predict the shape of the tooth after it is extracted by grinding the plaster model.
- The denture will be skillfully constructed to fit over this modified model and will have to be further modified before it can be placed in your mouth following tooth extraction.