You've been advised to have an immediate Denture. But what is it and how is it done? Will it require you to go without teeth for any length of time? Transitioning from natural teeth to artificial teeth can be a frustrating process. It takes time and patience but results can be naturally and esthetically pleasing.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some of natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.
Immediate complete dentures are a common type of denture, because the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
By definition immediate dentures are just that -- immediate. They are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements, impressions and makes the models of the patient’s jaw during preliminary visits.
Three to four visits may be necessary for the fabrication phase of an immediate denture. For patients requiring a complete immediate denture, the back teeth are often extracted six to eight weeks prior to the fabrication phase. This allows the extraction sites to heal and a better-fitting immediate complete denture to be fabricated.
The fabrication phase consists of impressions, bite records, tooth selection, color, and try-in of the back teeth. On the day of delivery, you will be seen for extraction of the remaining appropriate teeth, followed immediately by the insertion of the immediate denture.
As the bone and gums heal it is common during this transitional period that the dentures do not fit "perfectly" right away and often they will need to be adjusted periodically until full healing has occurred (6 months). The best fitting denture will require periodic re-aligns. Dr. Hicks will explain to you what is best for your situation.
These removable devices are similar to the dentures in that they replace missing teeth. However, a partial denture is used when there are some teeth remaining and some teeth missing. A partial utilizes the teeth remaining to clasp, or hook, onto for support and strength. There are different types of partials, some having metal substructures, and some being all acrylic. A consult with Dr. Hicks will determine which restoration is best for you.