5 Things You Need To Know About Immediate Dentures

You can lose all of your teeth for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay and severe gum disease. In Canada, 6.4% of adults don't have any of their teeth, and if your dentist has told you that you'll soon be one of them, you may be concerned about replacing them. Your permanent dentures won't be ready right away, but while you're waiting for them, your dentist can fit you with a pair of immediate dentures. Here's what you need to know about them. 

Are immediate dentures ready right away?

There is no wait time between getting your teeth extracted and getting fitted with your immediate dentures. The dentures will be ready right away, so you won't be without teeth for any length of time.

How are immediate dentures made?

Your dentist will make your immediate dentures in advance so that they will be ready for you right after your teeth are extracted. Measurements and molds will be taken of your upper and lower jaw, and then your immediate dentures will be created. Once they're ready, you'll go back to the dentist for your extraction. As soon as your teeth are removed, and before your gum tissue gets a chance to swell, the immediate dentures will be slipped over your gums.

What can you eat with your immediate dentures?

After having multiple teeth extracted, your gums will be quite tender, so while your immediate dentures are strong enough to withstand chewing, you probably won't want to chew. Dentists recommend sticking to liquids or foods that you don't need to chew for the first day, and then advancing to soft foods like eggs in the following days. Chewing can hurt for as long as 10 days

Are immediate dentures comfortable?

Immediate dentures won't be comfortable at first, but over time, you'll get used to them. As the swelling in your gum tissue goes down, your dentist will need to make adjustments to the fit of your dentures to keep them from becoming too loose and irritating your gums. 

How long does it take to get permanent dentures?

Permanent dentures can't be made until your gum tissue is fully healed; this can take as long as 6 months. Once your gums are healed, your dentist will take molds of your upper and lower jaws and then have your dentures made in a laboratory. 

If you're getting all of your remaining teeth removed, ask your dentist about getting immediate dentures made.