Information about Immediate Dentures
in Grande Prairie, Alberta
See Your Denturist If The Following Problems Arise:
- Problems chewing
- Chronic cheek biting
- Red, inflamed tissue
- Discomfort with denture
- Cracked corners of your mouth
Once your natural teeth and roots are extracted your gums will be healing and changing. Up to 50% bone loss can occur during the first year after extractions. Immediate dentures act as Band-Aids® to help promote healing in your mouth. It will be necessary for you to have adjustments and add temporary liners to your dentures. The temporary liners will keep your dentures fitting properly and promote the health of your gums.
Wearing dentures is a lot different than having natural teeth and it can take months to be able to eat properly again. You only have 20% of biting force than when you had natural teeth.
This healing process can take up to one year before you are ready to have a permanent reline placed in your denture. As every patient’s healing period and rate of gum shrinkage is different, the number of temporary liners required in a denture will vary from patient to patient. It is still important to seek dental services in order to evaluate the soft tissue and to examine the dentures for proper fit, comfort and function.
IMPORTANT: It is crucial that you visit your denturist regularly throughout the first year of receiving new dentures. Neglecting to have your initial dentures checked regularly could seriously harm the tissues and bone in your mouth. If improper fit or irritation occurs, contact your denturist immediately.
What to Expect when the Immediate Denture Is First Placed
- For the first 24 hours DO NOT REMOVE the denture. It may feel loose at first, but the swelling throughout the day will help hold the denture in. The denture will control the bleeding and actually cause minimal discomfort.
- When the denture is inserted after the teeth are extracted, the bite may seem off due to the denture needing time to settle into the correct position. This can take up to a day.
- Some swelling is to be expected after extractions. To keep the swelling to a minimum, and to help stop the bleeding, hold an ice pack to the areas of the jaw where teeth have been extracted. 15 minutes on, and 15 minutes off.
- For discomfort take Advil or Tylenol, or the medication prescribed by your dentist.
- If sutures were placed, you may need to return in 1 week to remove them.
- You should eat soft foods for the FIRST week, and then gradually determine what you can handle. It may now be difficult to eat foods you once consumed with ease.
- For the first 1 – 2 weeks, taking up to 1000 mg of vitamin C a day will promote and aid healing of the mouth. It is also beneficial to refrain from alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking during this time.
- You MAY find that a denture adhesive will be necessary to help hold the denture in place, along with adjustments. If you develop any sore spots, call the clinic so that we may take care of it as soon as practical.
Book a consultation at our office to find out if immediate dentures are the best fit for you.