Are you ready for dentures but not looking forward to going without teeth for weeks or months while your gums heal? Immediate dentures may be your solution. MaeNell Sullivan, DPD, is a licensed denturist in practice at Tenino Denture Center in Tenino, Washington. She is well-known for her extensive skill in creating dentures that are cosmetically appealing and comfortable to wear. She often recommends her clients consider immediate dentures while waiting for their gums to heal. Call the office today to schedule an appointment with Ms. Sullivan or book your visit online.
Getting the dentures isn’t what’s time-consuming. It’s waiting for your gums and jawbone to heal after tooth extraction that takes so much time, usually six weeks or more.
It’s imperative, however, that you allow yourself time to heal time since your gums and jaws will naturally change shape and size during the healing process.
Dentures are made to fit snugly over your gums. If we fit you with dentures before you’ve healed, they typically become too loose to remain in place once the healing process is complete.
Many patients, however, prefer not to be without teeth (edentulous) for weeks or months. Immediate dentures are a possible solution.
Immediate dentures are made in advance of your tooth extraction from impressions that include your natural remaining teeth.
They’re shaped and sized to mimic but improve upon your natural teeth and are inserted immediately after your teeth are removed. This can help decrease swelling as it provides you with a full, cosmetically appealing smile.
You won’t have to spend even a day without teeth when you choose the temporary fix of immediate dentures.
Dentures are custom fit to follow the contours and ridges of your gums, which change rather drastically once they heal after removal of your teeth. This alteration means your immediate dentures no longer fit correctly.
Loose and ill-fitting dentures are uncomfortable, can cause irritation to your gums, and are susceptible to breakage due to misalignment of your bite. They also make it difficult to speak or eat normally.
You remain under your dentist’s care as your mouth heals following immediate denture placement and can expect her to provide you with complete care instructions and details of what to expect during the healing process.
However, as with any tooth extraction, you can expect some discomfort and mild bleeding for a couple of days. You’ll likely be restricted to a soft-food diet that doesn’t require chewing for the first few days.
For further discussion about the pros and cons of immediate dentures, schedule a visit today with licensed denturist, Ms. Sullivan at Tenino Denture Center. Call the office or book your appointment online.