Individuals worried about the appearance of their smile while they are waiting for permanent dentures to be manufactured could benefit from a fast approach available from Pearl Dental Clinic.
Same Day Immediate Dentures could provide the perfect solution for patients who need teeth removed but do not wish to be without their teeth with the installation of immediate dentures immediately after teeth are extracted.
Following a short period of wearing these natural-looking, aesthetic fittings, a patient’s gums and bone are given time to heal, which allows a dentist to create the new permanent dentures.
What does the Immediate denture process entail?
Initially we will assess your teeth to make sure that an immediate denture is the right treatment for you. If it is, we will then take impressions of your teeth and ask the dental laboratory to produce your custom made immediate denture.
If the immediate denture is small (i.e. replacing 1-3 teeth), the laboratory can produce the denture without any further information. If the immediate denture is going to be longspan, then the laboratory will also need a registration of your bite.
For smaller dentures, the Laboratory need around 2-3 hours for the immediate denture to be made, for larger dentures they may need 2-3 days for the denture to be made.
Once the denture is ready, we will then remove the tooth/teeth that need to be removed and the immediate denture is fitted immediately after the teeth are removed, this way you will never be without teeth.
You may need to come back to the clinic after a few days for the immediate denture to be reviewed and any adjustments needed carried out.
Once the teeth are removed, your gums and bone will naturally remodel and shrink. This means that in time (around 6-12 months), your immediate denture will no longer fit your mouth as well as it did on day one. After 6-12 months we may need to carry out a simple reline procedure for your immediate dentures to improve its fit.
Once the gum tissue is fully rejuvenated, patients will undergo a simple procedure to replace the short-term immediate dentures with their permanent counterparts, which will look more natural and be comfortable to wear. Patients who find their immediate dentures very comfortable, may choose to just reline it rather than replace it with a permanent denture.
What are the benefits of Immediate dentures?
Wearing Same Day Immediate Dentures can provide a wide range of benefits for wearers who may be worried about their appearance following a dental extraction.
Primarily, they restore function quickly that could not be achieved after a tooth extraction, as well as acting as an aesthetic alternative to having no teeth after teeth extractions.
As a result, speaking and eating become much simpler experiences and allow individuals to carry on with their normal lives while waiting weeks for their permanent dentures to be manufactured.
In addition, while protecting the healing gum tissue, the support provided by the Immediate Dentures prevents changes in the shape of the cheek soft tissues caused by the loss of teeth.
Are there any alternatives to immediate dentures?
Temporary bridges are a fixed alternative to immediate dentures. Temporary bridges tend to be smaller than immediate dentures and do not cover the palate or the roof of the mouth. Temporary bridges sometimes need the neighbouring teeth to the gap to be shaved down in order for those teeth to hold the bridge in place. Temporary dental bridges tend to cost more than immediate dentures but offer a fixed alternative for patients that maybe are put off by the removable nature of immediate dentures.
Immediate dental implants are another option for patients who wish to have an immediate fixed replacement for their missing teeth. However in cases where there is an infection, immediate dental implants are not recommended.
How do I look after my Immediate denture?
During the first 24 hours after Immediate Dentures are fitted by your Pearl Dental Clinic practitioner, it is vital to ensure the installations remain in place. Although the gums may bleed slightly in this time, this is to be expected and should cease in a matter of hours.
Patients should ensure they remove the fixtures between four and five times per day during the initial process to clean away any remaining debris or blood caused by the procedure.
Keeping the dentures clean is imperative to reducing the risk of developing infections following the removal of teeth, during a time when the gums will be fragile. Your dentist will recommend a review appointment to the practice throughout the healing process to ensure the gums remain in the optimum condition.
Our Practice is open seven days a week from 8am till 11pm. You can book a consultation with one of our experienced dentists by calling 0208 547 9997 or emailing us for further information or to arrange a consultation.