woman with immediate denturesWhat are immediate dentures?

Immediate dentures are prosthetic devices replacing natural teeth and fitted immediately after tooth extraction. A full immediate denture replaces all the natural teeth while a partial immediate denture replaces one or a few missing teeth.

What do immediate dentures look like?immediate dentures

A positive aspect of these dentures is the aesthetic choices they offer. Because dentures are based on your natural teeth, you can choose to duplicate the colour, shape and arrangement of your natural teeth and therefore maintain your pre-extraction appearance.

Often the reason for getting a denture is because your natural teeth are no longer viable for various reasons, like poor health or accident. Your natural teeth may be misaligned, discoloured, broken or missing. However, this gives you the opportunity to reinvent your smile by choosing a more aesthetically pleasing denture.

It helps to know you are not alone in transitioning to dentures: 1 in 25 Australians aged 15 and over have no natural teeth. Evolving technology, knowledge and expertise continue to make dentures more natural looking than ever.

Conventional dentures v immediate dentures

The alternative to fitting immediate dentures is for the patient to wait until the mouth and gum tissues have healed before having a conventional denture made and fitted. This means being without teeth for up to twelve weeks.

What options are there besides dentures?

Options other than dentures include single tooth implants or fixed bridges. While implants and bridges are expensive in comparison, they more closely resemble the experience of having real teeth.

How long do immediate dentures last?

Immediate dentures are also known as temporary dentures, although they are manufactured the same way and from the same materials as permanent dentures. However, given you will need 2-4 temporary soft relines, and 1-2 permanent relines within a 24 month period, a new denture is recommended between 18 months and 24 months.

Once you have your permanent dentures, an annual evaluation of your oral health and dentures by your prosthetist will detect any deterioration, significant wear, or fractures. Maintaining your dentures with a hard reline about every 2 years will help to avoid looseness, and therefore uneven pressures with the possibility of consequential breaks. Dentures can last 5 years and even as many as 10 years, depending on the individual wearer and their maintenance program.

Immediate Denture Pros and Cons

Pros

The biggest advantage of immediate dentures is you’re not without teeth because they are fitted the same day as your teeth are extracted. There is no need for the experience to be any more challenging than it has to be. Your tooth sockets are protected and will heal more quickly as a result. The denture seals off the wounds to reduce bleeding and excessive swelling.

Immediate dentures are less expensive and easier to repair than implants and bridges. They are quicker to manufacture with fewer visits to the denture clinic or the dentist. Further, because the denture is often based on your natural teeth, your prosthetist can duplicate the shape, colour and arrangement of your natural teeth should you wish.

Cons

Immediate dentures are also called temporary dentures due to the need for relining because of changing mouth topography resulting from the tooth extraction. After the removal of natural teeth, gums and bone continue to shrink over the next three to nine months causing dentures to become loose.

This is a natural part of the healing process.

When this happens, applying a soft lining to the denture will improve fit and therefore the comfort, thus avoiding rubbing and sore spots. Northern Rivers Denture Clinic includes 2 – 4 temporary relines as a part of your temporary denture cost.

Permanent denture reline

Once the bone has stabilised, your denture will need to be permanently relined and refitted. A reline is as the name suggests, applying a lining over the inside of the denture between the acrylic and the mouth tissue to ensure the denture continues to fit properly. Because of the additional cost, we suggest the ‘standard denture’ as they are the cheapest and the patient will need to spend more money relining the denture once or twice over the next 24 months.

Why bother with a denture if it’s just a single tooth missing?

You might ask why bother filling the gap for one or two missing teeth? Loss of teeth can cause your other teeth to shift, changing your bite and ageing your face. It can also cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Studies in this area continue but it’s currently thought that the immediate denture technique may limit bone resorption (shrinkage) especially if multiple extractions are necessary. Better denture retention and better options for implant placement result from fitting immediate dentures.

Which dental health professional do I see first?dental nurse tending to immediate denture

Tooth extractions and the subsequent fitting of dentures can stretch your budget. Planning ahead to minimise costs makes sense. Northern Rivers Denture Clinic offers no-obligation, expert advice, and a written quote during your free 30-minute consultation. We can check to see if you’re a suitable candidate for dentures and refer you to the best dentists or oral surgeons in the area. Once your teeth have been replaced with dentures, it’s your prosthetist you will rely on most, so developing a good relationship with him early will be of benefit to you.

Oral surgeon or dentist?

The choice of dental health professional attending to your tooth extractions depends on the degree of complexity involved. Only straight forward tooth extractions are performed in the dentist’s chair.  Oral surgeons perform surgical extractions under anaesthetic. If for example, your oral surgeon has recommended dental implants, then dentures are only used in the interim.  Oral surgeons may be needed for more complex extractions. For example, where the roots of teeth are close to the sinus floor; or if the sinus floor needs lifting. Factors causing possible complications with surgery include complex health conditions and certain prescribed medications.

It’s time for the procedure – what now?

The Steps

1. Come in and take advantage of our free 30-minute consultation to chat about your needs and expectations.

2. We will recommend a dentist or oral surgeon who will determine the number of extractions required.

3. Make an appointment with Northern Rivers Denture Clinic where your prosthetist will devise your treatment plan in conjunction with your dentist or oral surgeon. He will also take preliminary impressions.

4. The next appointment with your prosthetist will determine bite registration and a secondary impression will be taken, with a custom-made special tray.

5. If you are an existing denture wearer having further extractions and need additional teeth on the new dentures then, during the following appointment you will have a ‘try-in’. However, this step doesn’t apply to new denture wearers who still have teeth yet to be extracted.

6. It’s time to collect your dentures and be given instructions on what to do after extractions are completed.

7. The next step is a crucial one for you, during which your dentist or oral surgeon will perform the procedure to extract your teeth and fit the denture immediately after.

8. You will revisit your dentist 24 hours after the fitting of your new denture.

9. And then, revisit your prosthetist 48 hours later.

10. After one week, your prosthetist will check to make sure the denture is sitting correctly in your mouth and you have no sore spots which require adjustment.

11. Our patients can return for adjustments as many times as is necessary until the denture is comfortable.

 

“We guarantee your satisfaction with all our dentures”

Immediate denture – post op

Oral hygiene is crucial especially during the healing period. Follow your dental health professional’s post-extraction instructions carefully. Far better to avoid complications than have the discomfort of having to resolve them. Dry sockets or infections at the extraction site must be dealt with swiftly. If you have excessive bleeding, or swelling, or a fever, contact your oral surgeon or dentist immediately.

Rubbing causing sore spots can be relieved by your prosthetist who will adjust your denture, restoring its fit and taking the pressure off sore spots. Again, deal with the issues swiftly to avoid unnecessary complications and discomfort.

What can I expect – how long does it take to get used to my new denture?

Every person is different, but generally, you should be used to your new denture between four to six weeks. Initially. eating and speaking may be a challenge until you accustomise to having something foreign in your mouth. This will be the case for excessive saliva production as well. Patience is key. You can expect your mouth and gums will continue to adjust over the next 24 months. Therefore, relines and readjustments are a necessary part of the fine-tuning process. Check out our blog post: Will my dentures ever feel normal? for more information and advice.

Tips on recovery after immediate dentures fitted

Informing yourself of what to expect beforehand will help with the transition to successful denture wearing. Since each person’s pain threshold is different, don’t be disappointed if your experience doesn’t align with that of others. Influencing factors like the number and complexity of extractions, your general health and degree of positivity, mean the experience is unique to each individual.

You are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide wear dentures and enjoy better lives because of it.

Reducing anxiety levels when getting an immediate denture

But you must realise having a foreign object in your mouth will take time to adjust to. And this applies to everyone. Think your denture’s too big? At first, your dentures may seem to overfill your mouth, feel enormous and quite unmanageable. But this feeling will pass as swelling subsides, saliva flow slows, and your confidence grows.

Recognise that your anxiety levels can exacerbate panicky feelings so taking some deep breaths and focussing on a time in the future when you have mastered denture wearing, can help.

Following a scrupulous hygiene regime will help to alleviate bad breath and the taste of blood in your mouth. Rinse your denture and mouth with salty water at regular intervals.

Care of the denture

There is no difference caring for an immediate denture than a regular denture. See here for detailed instructions.

Long term care

Building a relationship of trust with the people who keep you smiling is vital. Hold up your end of the bargain by promptly addressing any issues you may have. Make regular visits to your prosthetist to check the fit of your denture and have relines when necessary.

 Remember, we include the first four temporary soft relines in the price of your denture.

Relines: how will I know when to get one?

It’s time for a permanent hard reline when your denture feels loose in your mouth. You may notice food particles becoming lodged between your denture and gums or palate. You may have difficulty chewing; or you feel as if your denture is dislodging when laughing. These are all signs it’s time to visit us at Northern Rivers Denture Clinic again.

 

How much do immediate dentures cost?

The cost of your immediate denture will depend on how many teeth you will have extracted, and the number of teeth on the denture.

Item NumberDenture TypeCost
711/712Full standard acrylic denture - upper or lower$1000
721/722Partial standard acrylic denture base - upper or lower$600
733Teeth (per tooth)$50
736Immediate tooth (per tooth)$35

 

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You shouldn’t have to put off getting new dentures because of budget constraints. That’s why we offer a range of flexible payment options to give you back your smile.

 

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