What is an immediate denture?
An immediate denture is one that is fabricated by your Denturist before your natural teeth are extracted. This way, on the day of your extractions at the dentist, he/she will insert the dentures immediately for you. This way, you will not have to go without teeth while your mouth heals.
Your new immediate dentures will help protect your gums and control any minor bleeding or swelling from the extractions. Keep them in as much as possible (including at night), removing them only to rinse and brush after meals. Use only lukewarm water to rinse for the first few days. Sometimes your dentist will provide you with some special solution for rinsing. Avoid salt water or alcohol-based mouthwash to prevent dry sockets.
After meals or snacks (3-4 times a day), remove your dentures to rinse and brush them. Re-insert your dentures. This will promote faster healing times.
How long can I leave my teeth out?
DO NOT remove your denture until you have seen our denturists (usually the next day) For the first 72 hours, only remove your dentures long enough to rinse your mouth and brush the dentures. Re-insert them right afterwards to avoid swelling.
Once you can press on your gums and the tissue is no longer tender (usually 1 week), you should start removing your dentures at night.
What should I expect?
Your new dentures will probably become quite loose, sometimes even the same day of extractions. Your ridges shrink quickly while you heal, causing air spaces to develop inside your dentures as the gums shrink. Think of them like a pair of shoes; if your feet suddenly shrank three sizes, your shoes would become loose, right?
What’s next? They’re loose and it hurts!
The shrinkage of your gums not only causes the teeth to get loose, but also to settle a lot in your mouth. This may cause sore spots to develop. This is normal. As sore spots occur, it is important for you to call our office for an appointment for an adjustment. You may require numerous adjustments as you heal.
Now my teeth are really loose; what’s next?
Next you will need a temporary lining, called a tissue conditioner, put into your dentures. This can be anywhere from 6-8 weeks after extractions. An appointment will be made for this simple procedure. The tissue conditioner will snug up your dentures, help reduce sore spots and allow you to wear your new dentures much more comfortably while you heal. It is not uncommon to have this procedure done several times during your healing period.
What should I expect for the future?
Once your ridges are healed, most people will have some suction in their upper denture which holds it in place. Unfortunately, this isn’t true with the lower dentures . Lower dentures rarely have suction. They will always have some movement, which you will learn to control over time.
It is important to remember that once your natural teeth are gone, your gums will slowly continue to shrinkthroughout the rest of your lifetime.
When a set of dentures is made for you, they are made to fit your mouth at that point in time. But then as your ridges slowly shrink, the dentures cannot adapt to these changes; they will loosen and cause sore spots from time to time. It is important to have your dentures adjusted if sore spots occur. Do not torture yourself! Call us to book an appointment if your dentures hurt your mouth so it can be adjusted; it only takes a few minutes.
On average, a person should have their dentures relined every 2-3 years to ensure that they are fitting properly. You should never wear a loose, ill-fitting denture for extended periods of time; they can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your mouth, often with no pain involved, so you don’t even know it is happening. This damage is irreversible, and will affect the fit of dentures in the future. Everyone should have their dentures checked every 2 years to ensure good oral health.
How long will my mouth take to heal?
Usually 6-12 months. Everyone is different. You may have to get your tissue conditioners replaced once or twice while you heal. Your denturist can determine when you are ready for the permanent reline.
What is a permanent reline?
This is the last stage after your mouth is healed. An appointment is made for a morning (Monday-Thursday). We simply scrape out the old temporary lining material from your dentures and put a new layer of impression material inside them. They are placed in the mouth, which takes a new impression of your ridge inside the denture. You then leave the denture with us overnight while we reline it with permanent material. You return to our office the next afternoon to pick up your dentures.
Finally, how long do dentures last?
Everyone is different, but on average, about 5 years for standard dentures and 7-10 years for precision (some people are less, some are more). It depends on many factors. If you have insurance coverage for dentures, they’ll usually give you some coverage for a new set every 5 years, depending on your plan.
Some people think that dentures will last a lifetime. Nothing could be further from the truth! Denture teeth wear down over time from daily use, slowly diminishing their ability to do their job properly. It is crucial to replace them when they are worn out. You cannot chew food effectively with worn-out teeth, which will affect your health. Visit our Denturists regularly for a check-up.
Fee Schedule for Immediate Dentures
The costs for your new dentures will be broken down into three different fees.
WHY IS THIS?
You are having natural teeth extracted. This causes your ridges to shrink dramatically as you heal over the next few months, causing your dentures to become very loose.
Your new dentures may need a tissue conditioner (temporary reline) ONE OR MORE TIMES while you heal, then permanently relined after you are fully healed.
THE (3) THREE FEES ARE:
The fee to make your new dentures
The fees for tissue conditioner(s) while you are healing. REMEMBER THIS MAY BE MORE THAN ONCE.
The fee to permanently reline your dentures after you are fully healed.
The reason we break down the fees is simple; every person is different. Some people may not require certain procedures at all. Therefore, we only charge as you heal for the procedures that YOU need.
Why does my speech sound different?
In order to speak, air has to be exchanged between your tongue and the roof of your mouth. With a new upper denture, however, your tongue needs to get used to the slight changes in the shape of the denture, which means that your speech may be temporarily affected. Within a few days, your speech should return to normal.
Make Note of these Important Denture Facts:
* When natural teeth are lost, gums slowly shrink over the course of a person’s life. The amount that the gums shrink varies from person to person.
* Between the upper and lower gums, the lower ridge is the one that will shrink the most, which is why people typically find it harder to wear lower dentures. Even if a person owns the highest quality denture, it won’t do its job effectively if there is little support from a flat lower ridge, something which is quite common.
* Dentures are made to fit your mouth at that point in time, but as your gums shrink, the dentures can become loose. Sometimes, this loosening creates sore sports or can even cause damage to the denture. If you start to experience any of these problems, have your dentures checked as soon as possible.
Is there something I can do about loose dentures?
Yes! A permanent solution for loose dentures is dental implants. When implants are placed in the bone of your ridges, your dentures can be snapped or screwed into place. This means you can eat or speak without worrying about your dentures.