Immediate Dentures are a solution for patients who have un-restorable teeth either due to chronic periodontal disease or tooth decay. This is the first step into getting into dentures. First the teeth must be pulled and dentures given immediately after. Many years ago, patients would have their teeth pulled and left to heal for 4-6 months with out any dentures!!! Today things have changed and Immediate Dentures are the standard to give to patients after teeth are pulled. We will place soft liners about every month to accommodate to where the tissue rests after surgery and we will perform adjustments as needed.
- Signs or symptoms that you might need an immediate denture:
The first step is the consultation and xray. Our office is located in Amarillo, TX and we serve patients in the entire Texas Panhandle and beyond. Dr. Gordon Clark Damon or Dr. Kari Blankenship will evaluate your teeth, determine the need for the treatment, and discuss expectations and options. All patients seeking immediate dentures are educated on what to expect, as well as options when it comes to dental implants.
After the consultation, Alginate impressions are then made. This is to capture the mold of your teeth and jaws so our laboratory technicians can begin to create your dentures. Many patients will need a second appointment called a “Wax Rim appointment” so we can mount the case appropriately.
The last appointment prior to surgery is the wax viewing or wax try in – here you will get to either try in or view the teeth prior to surgery. The teeth are set in wax so you can modify them if you wish. The viewing is important so you get more comfortable with our office, you get to see your teeth, and make any changes if desired.
The immediate dentures are delivered at surgery when the teeth are removed. 99% of the time Surgery is under IV Sedation this way you are comfortable, assured you wont remember the procedure, and is the best way to undergo the procedure. We will place soft liners in your new immediate dentures at the time of surgery along with sutures.
Simply put – there is some getting used to. The first few weeks is not easy. During the first 24 hours- leave them in the whole time. They will be loose; you will have to bite down to re seat the dentures if they fall out. During the first week, as the swelling goes down, the dentures will sit lower and may become uncomfortable. We will see you for your post op appointments and there will make any adjustments needed and place another new soft liner.
In my opinion, soft liners are very crucial to the new denture wearer. Many places don’t do them. They are an easy way to provide a decent fit while patients are healing and they are soft (kind of) so that they are more tolerable to wear for a new denture wearer. Soft liners last for 45 days and you will need to make an appointment to get them changed out. Typically patients are in soft liners for 4 – 6 months, when we will perform your final rebases.
Our preference to finalize your dentures is for a rebase! This is a 24 hour process where the old pink acrylic is removed, leaving the denture teeth in place, we then process heat cured acrylic. This way you don’t have to buy another denture, we use the set you already have purchased and the denture is a strong long lasting one.
Give us a call at 806 803 9219 today to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Gordon Clark Damon or Dr. Kari Blankenship to discuss immediate dentures.