The decision to have your remaining teeth removed so you may go with dentures may be a tough call. Typically, if your dentist recommends full extractions and dentures, it's because your remaining teeth are breaking down and can no longer support partials. But the idea of being without teeth for any length of time can feel daunting.
We offer immediate dentures in our Royal Palm Beach dental practice, so you can always enjoy a complete smile. An immediate denture is a temporary healing denture that prevents you from having to live with no teeth. An immediate denture will also help you grow accustomed to wearing a complete denture.
What Is the Process for Immediate Dentures?
Planning immediate dentures start before your extraction appointment. Dr. Bussell will design your new smile before this appointment and have your immediate dentures waiting on your big day.
You and Dr. Bussell will discuss:
- Shade, shape, and color of teeth
- How to care for your new denture
- A timeline for your final denture
- Tooth extraction aftercare
- What to eat while you are healing
It is essential that you leave in your immediate denture for a minimum of 24 hours after your surgery, maybe longer if recommended by your dentist. Even if you feel some extraction discomfort, removing your immediate denture will not provide relief and can allow the tissue to swell to the point that your denture won't fit back into your mouth.
Because extractions cause some swelling, we will arrange regular reline appointments over the coming months to keep your temporary denture fitting well as you heal. You can typically get your final denture within 6-8 months.
If you are wondering how you will look in your immediate dentures, you can see some examples of our patients with dentures in our smile gallery.
Can You Eat with Immediate Dentures?
Yes, you can eat with immediate dentures. Food is essential unless you plan on withering away! Since you will experience some swelling and discomfort at your surgical sites, you should start with a liquid diet and graduate to soft foods once you feel up to it.
Immediate Dentures in Royal Palm Beach
It's natural to have many questions when making a big decision about your oral health. Contact our dental office to arrange a consultation, and Dr. Bussell will help you decide the best plan for your health and smile.