How will they look?
In the preparation process it can be easier to duplicate the shape, colour and arrangement of your natural teeth while some are still present in your mouth. If, however, you require a completely new look, we can advise on what would work well.
What about my speech?
By having an immediate denture it will allow you to establish your speech patterns early. Simply, you will not have to learn to speak without a denture in place and then later relearn to speak with a new denture fitted.
How long will it take for my gums to heal?
It can take up to six months for the soft tissues of the mouth to heal properly. Normally at this point the immediate dentures are finalised by a permanent reline.
Is an immediate denture for everyone?
Not everyone is suitable for an immediate denture. Our practitioners will advise if they do not think you are a suitable candidate and explain their reasons.
What to expect
For the first 24 hours we’d ask you not to remove the denture. The immediate denture will control the bleeding and actually cause minimal discomfort.
Some swelling is to be expected after extractions and to keep this to a minimum and to help stop the bleeding, hold an ice pack to the areas of the jaw where teeth have been extracted (15 minutes on and 15 minutes off).
Remove the denture four or five times a day after the first day and rinse the mouth with tepid salt water. You will also be able to sleep with the denture in place.
Eat soft foods for the first week and then gradually determine what you can handle.
We would advise refraining from alcohol and smoking cigarettes at least until the mouth is healed.
If you develop sore spots, don’t suffer in silence, please call us.