Immediate dentures are dentures that are used as a temporary measure to allow the gums to heal after teeth have been extracted and before the permanent sets of dentures are fixed. Though immediate dentures are used immediately after the teeth have been extracted, they still allow the gums to heal properly without people having to spend weeks without any teeth. It can take several weeks or even months for the gums to heal and the new dentures to be fitted. Though it can seem that they are simply adding more cost to the procedure, it is not an attractive prospect for anyone to be without teeth for this period of time.
While you are wearing immediate dentures, you will be advised to see your dentist on a regular basis. This allows your dentist to monitor your progress and keep an eye on your gums. Your dentist will also check the fit of the dentures and they may adjust them (known as relining) if the dentures become loose.
What does the procedure involve?
Immediate dentures are custom-made before the teeth are extracted. This means that they can be fitted straight after the extraction procedure. When the dentures have been fitted, you will be asked to visit your dentist regularly and your gums will heal over the course of time. It may take several months for the gums to heal and you will need to keep visiting your dentist during this time. If your dentures start to become slightly loose, your dentist may carry out a procedure known as denture relining.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of immediate dentures?
The major advantage of immediate dentures is that they prevent you from having to cope without any teeth for a long period of time. Immediate dentures help the gums to heal and enable people to continue as normal after having their teeth extracted. Immediate dentures also support the lips and teeth and enable people to speak clearly and eat whilst they wait for their permanent dentures to be fitted. Without immediate dentures, it would be very difficult for people to speak or eat and it would also make people feel very conscious about going out in public.
Immediate dentures are advantageous for many reasons, but they are not as effective or aesthetically pleasing as original teeth. If you wear immediate dentures you will have to be careful about what you eat and you may struggle with hard and chewy foods. The process can take a long time and you will need to visit your dentist frequently, which may make it a costly process.
How much do immediate dentures cost?
The cost of immediate dentures varies according to the amount of treatment you need during the healing process. Immediate dentures may be similar to the cost of conventional dentures but some dentists will charge more because of the additional treatment needed. It is always beneficial to get a complete price breakdown for the entire course of treatment. If you are struggling with the cost of treatment, you may wish to consider taking out a dental insurance policy or using a finance plan. Many dentists now offer payment plans, which enable you to spread the cost of your treatment and pay a monthly or quarterly fee for the treatment, rather than paying the total upfront.