When you are initially told you will need dentures, you are faced with two choices. You can have immediate dentures placed or you can have your teeth removed, wait for the tooth extraction sites to heal, and then have dentures made. There are many advantages to the use of immediate dentures. The main advantage is that you never have to be seen without teeth!
When immediate dentures are inserted directly after your remaining teeth are removed, family and friends may not even realize your natural teeth have been removed. The size, shape and color of your natural teeth can be duplicated or you may choose to have whiter and straighter teeth. Your input is important.
Immediate dentures will act as a pressure bandage and help to reduce any bleeding. They cover and protect the gums at your extraction sites, allowing you to chew your food. With conventional dentures, you need to wait for your gums to heal and dentures to be fabricated before you can chew well.
Immediate dentures also provide support for your cheeks and lips. Your facial contours should remain normal. This allows you to re-establish your speech patterns very rapidly.
As your mouth heals, you will have changes in the shape of your gums. You will need to have the teeth refitted during the healing phase. Once healing is complete, a final relining of your new teeth is necessary. This will add additional office visits and could increase cost when compared to conventional dentures.
These are some of the main facts that you and your dentist must consider when choosing conventional or immediate dentures. Your dentist will explain any questions you have, allowing you to decide whether or not immediate dentures are for you.
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