I lost eight teeth to advanced gum disease, and more are loose. My dentist has a six-month treatment plan for me and recommends an immediate denture if it does not work. My dentist talks fast and seems to be in a hurry. Somehow, he is still kind even though he seems rushed, but I do not understand how an immediate denture would help. – Thank you. Regina
Regina – Thank you for your question. We understand your concerns. Gum disease and tooth loss can create anxiety about what to expect for your long-term oral health.
What Is an Immediate Denture?
An immediate denture is a complete removable denture that a dentist places on the same day as tooth extractions. Still, before agreeing to an immediate denture, we recommend consulting with a periodontist (gum disease specialist).
What Should You Know About Immediate Dentures?
An immediate denture has these pros and cons:
- They cause more than traditional dentures.
- It takes more time to fabricate an immediate denture. You can receive replacement teeth on the same day as tooth removal.
- A dental lab will make the denture before your mouth and gums heal. After healing, your denture will be loose, and a dentist must refit it—perhaps several times. Relining may help your denture fit again, or you may need a new denture.
How Long Does It Take to Get an Immediate Denture?
Although a dentist places an immediate denture on the same day as tooth removal, it takes four to five visits to take impressions of your mouth, make a denture model, and ensure your final denture will fit well.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist to ensure your treatment options. You may ask your dentist to speak slower, so you understand the options. You can also ask for a referral to a periodontist who specializes in gum disease and may offer more innovative treatment than many general dentists.
Speak with the periodontist about implant-supported dentures if it is likely that you will lose your teeth and need dentures. Replacing individual teeth with implants or an implant-supported bridge may be an alternative if the periodontist can save most of your teeth.
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