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Temporary or immediate dentures

When natural teeth are removed, bone goes through significant change. Due to this, immediate denture treatment will involve ongoing care over a period of months while the body adapts to the loss. During this stage, patients are triaged using temporary linings or relining to relieve discomfort and aid fit and function.

Once healing has taken placed, a permanent reline is performed on the immediate denture or a final denture is often constructed.

What does the treatment involve?

  • Your immediate denture is constructed.
  • Impressions and jaw measurements along with intraoral photography are taken before your teeth are removed.
  • Your teeth are extracted by your dentist.
  • Your dentist will also place your new denture.
  • You will need to attend a check-up visit with your prosthetist three to five days later.
  • Temporary linings or tissue conditions are assessed as required through the healing period.

Three to six months after extractions, immediate dentures are relined or final dentures are constructed to make up for changes in the gum.

Frequently asked questions

What are the advantages of choosing an immediate denture?

There are a number of benefits to choosing an immediate denture. Immediate dentures provide a quick and effective solution to missing teeth, so you won’t ever have to be without teeth. Immediate dentures can also be customised to match the shape, colour and position of your natural remaining teeth, which helps to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result. Immediate dentures also provide the opportunity to regain proper oral functions like speaking and eating as soon as possible.

No, not everyone is a suitable candidate for an immediate denture. In cases where patients suffer from certain health conditions or oral health problems, immediate dentures may not be an appropriate treatment. If you are considering dentures, but are not sure which type is best for you, we recommend that you come in and see us for a consultation. Your dentist will examine your mouth and determine the best course of treatment for your particular needs.

It generally takes around four or five visits to our practice to have an immediate denture fabricated and fitted. If you require any preliminary surgery, this will take place beforehand. If your dentist has recommended a complete immediate denture, your back teeth may be extracted between six to eight weeks before the fabrication of your denture begins. This gives your mouth time to heal adequately and ensures that your immediate denture will fit properly. The fabrication stage of treatment involves taking impressions and bite records, as well as a tooth selection process. Once these processes are complete, any other appropriate teeth are extracted by your dentist and your immediate denture is placed.

Standard dentures are custom-made after any relevant teeth have been extracted. The gums are left to heal before the dentures are fitted. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are moulded to one’s mouth before extraction takes place, and are fitted once the teeth have been removed. While you will be able to wear your immediate dentures straight away, it is important to note that adjustments may be necessary as your bones and gums heal. If you are considering dentures, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. Your dentist will explain the benefits of each type of denture and recommend the treatment that suits you best.