If you need to have your teeth pulled to get dentures, you may not want to go without teeth while you wait for your mouth to heal. Same-day dentures could be the solution you need. These immediate dentures are put in during the same appointment that your teeth are pulled, so you get an instant new smile, and you won't have to go toothless. Here are some things to know.
It Could Take Months To Get Permanent Dentures
Your dentist may advise waiting several weeks or even months before you have permanent dentures made and put in. That's because your gums need time to heal. You'll have swelling right after your teeth are pulled, and this can take a few weeks to go down.
Once your teeth are removed, your bones may start to recede too. Your mouth may undergo a lot of changes right after your teeth are pulled. That's why your dentist may recommend waiting on permanent dentures until your gums have stabilized.
Same-Day Dentures Go In Immediately
One major difference between same-day dentures and permanent dentures is when they're made. Permanent dentures are made from a mold of your gums after your teeth have been removed. Same-day dentures are often made in advance from a mold that's made while you still have your teeth. This allows for the dentures to be ready and waiting to put in on the day you have your teeth pulled.
The Dentures May Need Adjustments
Since your gums could change while you're wearing the same-day dentures, you may need to have the dentures adjusted a few times, especially if you'll be wearing them for months. If they become uncomfortable or loose, you make an appointment with your dentist so the dentures can be adjusted to fit better.
Same-Day Dentures Have Benefits
The best benefit is you'll have an improved smile right away, and you won't have to be embarrassed about not having teeth when you go out in public or go to work. The dentures also act as bandages for your gums that help control bleeding right after the procedure. Plus, once your gums have healed from the extractions, you'll be able to eat a varied diet and eat foods you wouldn't be able to eat without teeth.
During the time you're wearing your immediate dentures, you'll have the chance to get used to speaking and eating with dentures in so you can adapt to dentures rather than adapting to not having teeth and then having a hard time with dentures later. If you need to get dentures, talk to your dentist about same-day dentures so you don't have such a long wait to get your new teeth.