Complete dentures are also referred to as “conventional” or “immediate” dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed completely from the mouth and the gum tissue is healing. This type of denture is ready to be placed in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and are ready to be positioned as soon as the teeth have been removed. Even though the wearer doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, bones and gums shrink over time. Additional adjustments may be required in order for the dentures to properly fit. Immediate dentures should be a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Using your mouth as a model, your dentist will take an accurate impression of the upper and lower arches of your mouth in order to correctly shape immediate dentures. This will help to establish a correct bite that best resembles your original bite. During this process, we will also help you select the shape and color of the denture teeth and gums before sending them to the dental laboratory to make.
At your next visit, Dr. Affleck will adjust your bite with the immediate dentures and test your speech ability. We will also check to make sure the appearance and functionality of the dentures and your gums are correct as well. Sometimes it is a necessary step to repeat – but it is to make sure we get everything just right for you.
Once the immediate dentures have been properly fitted and the appearance is satisfactory, the denture will be sent back to the laboratory for final fabrication. During your next visit to the clinic, your remaining teeth will be removed and the denture will be ready to be fitted. Sometimes this process can be completed during one visit and other times it may take several depending on the number of teeth remaining to be extracted, the shape they are in, your jaw shape and your current health condition.