Transitioning from natural teeth to dentures isn’t easy. Adding to your anxiety, you’re wondering how long you’ll be without teeth until you can start wearing your finished denture.
Is it possible to get dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted? Well, the answer can be yes and no depending on your situation.
Healing Period for Dentures
Your mouth will be sore and your gums will be swollen after getting teeth extracted. Healing usually takes around six to eight weeks.
It’s best to get a permanent denture fitted once your mouth is completely healed from the extractions. But most people can’t afford to be without teeth for the weeks or months it takes to heal from multiple tooth extractions. That’s why dentists also offer immediate dentures.
What Are Immediate Dentures?
Your dentist designs an immediate denture based upon measurements of your mouth taken before the extractions. Then, after your teeth are taken out, you’ll be given the immediate denture to wear.
An immediate denture should be worn 24/7 to keep the swelling under control. If you take it off during the initial healing period, you may not be able to fit it back over your gums.
Immediate dentures loosen as the gums heal and shrink to their normal positions. These dentures need to be adjusted multiple times over the healing period to accommodate your mouth. Once healing is complete, you may need to be fitted for an entirely new denture.
You may not qualify for an immediate denture, however, if you have complications or a lingering gum infection after the extractions.
Contact your dentist to find out whether an immediate or traditional denture is best for you.
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