Immediate dentures, also known as same-day dentures, are a type of removable dental prosthesis inserted immediately after the extraction of natural teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, which are made and fitted after the gums have healed following tooth extraction, immediate dentures are prepared in advance and can be worn immediately.
At Worden Dentistry, we fabricate immediate dentures before tooth extraction so they can be ready to be placed in the mouth immediately after the extraction procedure. This means the patient does not have to go without teeth during the healing period.
Who's a Good Candidate for Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures are typically recommended when a patient requires the extraction of most or all of their remaining teeth. This could be due to extensive decay, periodontal disease, trauma, or other dental issues that require tooth extraction.
Candidates for immediate dentures should have good oral health. The gums and supporting tissues should be healthy enough to support the immediate dentures during the healing phase.
Proper oral care is crucial for the success of immediate dentures. Candidates should follow the dentist's instructions on oral hygiene practices, including cleaning the dentures, maintaining good gum health, and attending regular follow-up appointments for adjustments and evaluations.
The Benefits of Immediate Dentures
Immediate Restoration of Teeth
One of the primary benefits of immediate dentures is that they provide an immediate replacement for missing teeth. This means you do not have to go without teeth during the healing period after tooth extraction. Immediate dentures help restore your smile and allow you to continue speaking and eating normally.
Preservation of Facial Aesthetics
Missing teeth can cause facial sagging and a sunken appearance over time. Immediate dentures help maintain the natural shape of your face by providing support to the lips and cheeks. This helps preserve your facial aesthetics and prevent premature aging associated with tooth loss.
Immediate dentures allow you to chew and speak more effectively than without teeth. While there may be an adjustment period, you can still eat soft and semi-soft foods while you are healing. The dentures also help with clear pronunciation and communication.
Protection for Healing Gums
Immediate dentures act as a protective layer over the extraction sites and the healing gums. They help prevent irritation or infection during the initial healing period, providing a more comfortable recovery experience.
Facial Support and Muscle Training
Wearing immediate dentures helps stimulate the underlying gum and jawbone, promoting better blood flow and bone preservation. The dentures also aid in maintaining muscle tone and proper functioning of the facial muscles.
With immediate dentures, you don't have to schedule additional appointments or wait for the healing process to be complete before receiving your dentures. For the best dental care, visit Worden Dentistry at 2336 Aberdeen Dr, Tyler, TX 75703, or call (903) 581-1646.