YOUR FIRST DENTURES (Immediate / Surgical Dentures)
Immediately after they have had teeth extracted, most people want a denture to "fill in the gap" so they do not have to be seen in public without teeth.
This is called an immediate or surgical denture. Its benefits are more than appearance - it helps to stop the bleeding and keeps the extraction sites clean. Immediate dentures also have a temporary soft liner called a tissue conditioner that protects your sensitive gums as they heal. Immediate dentures are often considered transitional or temporary dentures as the mouth drastically changes within the first year.
Adjusting to an immediate denture is often a difficult transition. In a recent study, 88% of denture patients stated that they had difficulty with speech with 25% reporting very difficult problems.
Patients also generally have a difficult time chewing their food. In the beginning, everything hurts. Even once the healing is complete, 95% of your bite strength is gone since gums cannot bear anything like the load that natural teeth can bear. In numbers, your bite force will drop from approximately 1000 pounds per square inch (psi) to about 50 psi.
In response to many requests from first-time denture patients, we are now pleased to introduce our "New Denture Patient Program". This program is designed for first time denture wearers and includes a wide range of services at a discounted price to help them adjust to their first dentures. To learn more about this new program, we encourage you to book a free, no obligation consultation with one of our denture specialists.
Bone loss will continue year after year, and the problems you experience with your dentures will grow continually worse. In the first year alone, the bone in your mouth shrinks by approximately 25%. These pictures give you an idea of what is happening. Notice how much the bone shrinks, compared to where it was at the beginning. (See common denture problems)
To deal with this bone loss and with your gums’ ongoing changes in shape, we provide a minimum of two free tissue conditioners with every new immediate denture delivered. After six to twelve months, we recommend that you be fitted with a new denture, as your mouth will have changed greatly. The "New Denture Patient Program" provides several options for you to consider with your transition to dentures.
The only way to stop bone loss is with a Dental Implant, a denture supported by dental implants that function much like teeth. Below is a comparison of Dental Implant and a removable denture.
We highly recommend that patients getting their teeth removed consider Dental Implants. The benefits include:
- Reduced Procedures & Length of Treatment - Did you know that dental implants can be placed at the same time as your extractions? This means you only need one appointment and one round of freezing instead of two. Less visits to the dentist and less healing time.
- Forget Dentures - A fixed arch can also be placed on the same day as your extractions eliminating the need to ever wear dentures. Eat, speak and laugh with confidence today.
- Less Irritation - Many patients have described the placement of an implant as being less invasive than having a tooth extracted or a dental cleaning. When teeth are extracted an implant can be placed immediately with minimal additional discomfort.
- Maximum Bone - When your teeth are extracted, the bone will begin to shrink as much as 25% in the first year. By placing an implant the day of the extractions you ensure that you have the maximum amount of bone available.
- Reduced Follow-Ups - When teeth are extracted, your mouth changes drastically in the first year. This transition period can be difficult for patients as most patients require a couple adjustments within the first 2-4 weeks followed by many tissue conditioners and a permanent reline, all within the next year.
- Esthetics - When teeth are first removed, the gums surrounding the tooth can sometimes be maintained. Your "denture" can essentially be a row of white teeth which are connected and secured in place. Nobody will even notice that you're wearing "dentures".
Patient's Mouth After Extraction