Dental Tips Blog

Mar
6

How Immediate Are Immediate Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

What’s the appeal of immediate dentures? They mean you don’t have to go without teeth while you transition to your first denture. You get your existing teeth extracted and a new denture delivered on the very same visit.

So, yes, an immediate denture is just that. But the process takes much more than a day.

How It Works

You’ll go through a series of appointments to get your mouth ready for the procedure. The dentist will spend some time planning and designing your denture so that it will be ready to go. It’s also recommended on occasion to have some back teeth extracted early on.

The day you get your denture you’ll have the last teeth removed. Your new denture will go in and help your gums heal. You can go home with your completed smile, but the journey doesn’t end there.

A follow-up appointment within 24-48 hours is necessary to ensure everything is healing properly. As your gums heal, your denture will eventually need some adjustments.

As with any denture, getting used to your new prosthesis will take time and practice.

Is An Immediate Denture Right For You?

Getting a new smile in a day sounds great. But before you go for an immediate denture, think about these considerations:

  • It can be more expensive than a traditional denture
  • You may need to have a second denture made later on
  • Pre-existing health conditions could make it inadvisable for you to get an immediate denture

Discuss your options with your dentist before choosing an immediate denture. With a little careful planning, you can be sure of getting a smile you’ll love!

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Nov
20

Types of Dentures: Which is Right for You

Posted in Dentures

Dentures, the dental prosthetic device commonly known as false teeth, are not a one-size-fit-all solution to tooth loss. Dentures are not only custom-made to fit different mouth sizes and gum ridge shapes, they also have varied designs and fitting procedures in accordance with the position , number and distribution of the remaining natural teeth.

Conventional/complete dentures

Conventional dentures are the standard dentures that most people visualize when they think of dentures. They are also known as full plate dentures because they equip the wearer with a full arch of upper and lower teeth. Conventional dentures are worn by people who are missing all of their teeth. Conventional dentures are made by taking a mould or impression of the gums using dental wax or putty. The mould is taken after the teeth have been extracted and the gums have healed. During follow up visits, any adjustments needed for a comfortable, precise fit are made. People can begin wearing conventional dentures about 8 to 12 weeks following extraction of the teeth.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are like conventional dentures in that they provide a complete set of artificial teeth. The only difference is that immediate dentures, as their name suggests, are designed to be worn immediately after the teeth have been removed. Because immediate dentures are fitted on gums that are still healing (the gums and jaw bones swell and then shrink during the healing process), more adjustments need to be made compared to conventional dentures before a precise fit is achieved. Immediate dentures are made before the teeth are even extracted and allow individuals to retain the appearance and function of teeth while the gums heal. Dentists recommend that immediate dentures only be worn temporarily.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are designed for people missing only a few of their teeth. Partial dentures may be fixed or removable. Fixed partial dentures are commonly called “crown and bridge” because crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth and the artificial tooth or “bridge” is permanently bonded to the crowns. Removable partial dentures, also called “flippers” are like conventional dentures in that they have a pink acrylic base that mimics the look of gums; however the base is custom-designed to fit over only small areas of the gum ridge leaving spaces for the natural teeth.  Removable partial dentures are attached to the surrounding natural teeth with metal clasps. Partial dentures not only fill in unsightly gaps in the teeth but also keep the natural teeth from shifting.

Implant-retained/permanent dentures

Implant-retained dentures look just like conventional or partial dentures, but can be distinguished by the fact that they are held in place by jaw implants, i.e., tiny titanium screws or posts embedded into the jawbone. These dentures may be partial or complete, permanently fixed or removable. There are two types of implant-retained dentures: ball-retained and bar-retained. With ball-retained dentures, the dentures are attached to the jaw implants using a ball-and-socket system. With bar-retained dentures, an arch-shaped metal bar is permanently screwed to the jaw implants; the dentures are fitted over the bar and attached to it by clips on the dentures. Implant retained dentures are ideal for people who have enough bone to support the implants and for those who want more stable, naturally-functioning dentures.

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