An immediate denture is a complete or partial denture that is fitted immediately after having teeth extracted. It is often a stop-gap solution, as your gums need time to heal before a permanent denture is fitted. To prevent the embarrassment of missing teeth during this time, an immediate denture is the answer. You’ll be able to eat and speak as normal while your gums heal, and you’ll get used to wearing a denture.
An immediate denture requires planning. Before we extract your teeth, we’ll take a series of impressions to determine the precise shade, size and shape of your teeth. Then, we take a bite registration to get a proper vertical dimension. This tells us how open or closed your mouth will be after we fit your denture. We’ll make your denture in time for your appointment so you can wear it as soon as you’ve had your extractions.
When you first receive your denture, we recommend that you wear it continually for 48 hours. This helps to control bleeding and promote healing. You’ll need a follow-up appointment a few days later so we can make any necessary adjustments. Cold, soft foods will be easier to manage at first, and they’ll help to reduce swelling. Avoid smoking and alcohol. Several times a day, place a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water (not hot), remove your denture and rinse your mouth. Do this until healed.
For more information about dentures, read our FAQ below. If you’d like to speak with one of our denture specialists, please call us on (02) 4655 4438.