Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are exactly what they suggest and can be fitted straight after teeth extraction surgery.

The preparation process involves a skilled clinical assessment of your mouth by Steven Burchell DipCDT RCS(Eng), Practice Principal at the Denture Clinic, Dudley , West Midlands. Together with another of our dentists they will advise on how best to deliver the treatment.

As well as an oral investigation, we will also need to take impressions of your mouth before the surgery so that our technicians can manufacture the dentures.

Denture Clinic immediate dentures

What are the benefits?

Most people who have immediate dentures do so because they don’t have to be without teeth while gums are healing. Confidence can remain uncompromised and the prosthetic will actually help the healing process, much the same as a dressing protecting the extraction sites from irritation.

An immediate denture will also allow you to chew much more efficiently than without teeth and reduce the potential of facial distortion which may occur when teeth are removed.

Multiple dental appointments

You will, however, need to be prepared to have a number of visits to our Dudley clinic for adjustments as the gums heal. Often gums will change shape as they heal, but it’s not a problem for us to address any new profile that may be required with a reline of the dentures. In some cases, however, a new prescription may be required.

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.

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