When your dentist breaks the news to you that you have to get multiple teeth removed, your first thought may be, "How will I survive without teeth?" Dentures can take several weeks, or even months, to construct. During this time, you have two choices – live without teeth, or have an immediate denture made.
What are immediate dentures?
Immediate dentures, also known as temporary dentures, are not as detailed or perfect as permanent dentures, but they will make the transition to a permanent denture much easier.
A few weeks before your appointment to have your teeth extracted, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. The denturist will use that impression to get an idea of how your mouth will be shaped after the teeth are extracted, so it will be as close to a perfect fit as possible after the surgery.
How much do immediate dentures cost?
Immediate dentures are basic dentures. The average price is between $300 and $500 for a basic plate.
Why would you spend money on an immediate denture just to pay for permanent dentures later?
Immediate dentures offer many benefits, including:
Decreased bleeding after extractions – After having multiple teeth extracted, your gums could continue to bleed for a few days after the procedure. The denture will put enough pressure on your gums to stop the bleeding much sooner.
Decreased swelling after extractions – Your mouth will swell after having all of those teeth removed, but having a denture put in place immediately after the extractions will help decrease the amount of swelling that you experience. This leads to less discomfort as you recover.
Improved appearance – Do you really want to go without any teeth during the several weeks that you wait for your permanent dentures to be made? The truth is, your dentist will not even be able to take the first impressions for your permanent denture until your gums have healed, so your wait will be 6 weeks minimum. The immediate denture is put in your mouth the second the teeth are removed and can be worn until you get your permanent dentures. Nobody ever has to know that you had all of your teeth removed.
More comfortable eating – Eating after having a single tooth extracted is uncomfortable, but after having multiple teeth removed, it is downright painful. The denture plate will protect the open wounds and make it much more comfortable for you to eat following the surgery.
Now, as you read through the benefits and you look at the cost, does it seem like a sound investment to you? If so, talk more with your dentist about having immediate dentures made to get you through the time between the extractions and when you can get your permanent dentures made. Contact a dentist like Tony Parsley, DMD for more information.
I have never liked my teeth. I had a lot of dental problems, including deep staining and oddly shaped teeth. Every tooth did not have the same shape, and some were rounded while others were more square. Not surprisingly, I never smiled in pictures and not even much in real life. This left people thinking I was mean before they even met me. My dentist told me my best bet to improve the look of my smile was a set of porcelain dental veneers. He said they could make all my teeth white and the same shape. I said I wanted them without any hesitation, and we scheduled my procedures. I love my new teeth, and they really did change my life. I created this blog to help other people living with teeth they don't like realize that they do have options that can improve their smiles and their lives.