What are Same Day Dentures?
Same day, or immediate, dentures are those placed on the same day as the appointment with the dentist. They can be full or partial dentures which are inserted immediately following the extraction of the natural teeth.
What are the Advantages of Same Day Dentures?
There are quite a few advantages with an immediate denture. The most important advantage is that a person will never have to go out in public without teeth. While some of a patient’s natural teeth are still present in his or her mouth, it is also easier to duplicate the shape, color, and arrangement of the teeth. When a same day denture is installed at the time of extraction, it acts as a bandage to protect the tissues and minimize bleeding. A same day denture will allow patients to establish his or her speech patterns early. Also, patients won’t have to learn to speak without a denture, only to have to then relearn how to speak with a denture in place. A same day denture will also allow patients to chew better than without teeth present and reduce any facial distortion which can occur when teeth are removed.
How Long Does It Take to Complete?
Four to five appointments may be required for the fabrication portion of a same day denture process and any preliminary surgery will also have to take place prior to placement. For patients who need a full same day denture, the back teeth are frequently removed six to eight weeks prior to the fabrication process. The extraction sites can heal and a better-fitting same day full denture can be made. The fabrication process will consist of the collection of impressions and bite records, tooth selection and try-in of the back teeth. On the day the dentures are delivered, patients will be seen by an oral surgeon for the extraction of the appropriate teeth, followed by the immediate insertion of the same day dentures.