The transition from natural dentition to dentures is aided by immediate dentures. To construct immediate dentures, the patient is scheduled for impressions, we recommend well before the extraction appointment with the dentist, because we require time to make the immediate dentures. The immediate dentures will be ready for the patient to pick up before the extraction appointment, we can also deliver the immediate dentures to the dentist if required.
After the remaining dentition has been extracted, the dentist will insert the immediate dentures, which will cover the extraction sites, reducing the amount of blood and swelling that takes place, as well as protecting the clots that form in the tooth sockets. The patient is scheduled for the post operative appointment with us, the day after the extraction appointment with the dentist, so we can assess the extraction sites and check for any sore spots caused by the immediate dentures.
For the next six months, the upper and lower ridges will be changing, as extraction sites heal and bone remodels. Every six weeks the patient is scheduled for temporary relines, where soft temporary material is added to the tissue surface of the immediate dentures, which fills in the spaces that develop as the ridges heal and protects the tender ridges from chewing forces.
After six months, the bone has finished remodeling and the extraction sites have fully healed. The final step is to reline the immediate dentures, at this point the denture has completed its journey, and the final product will serve the patient for years to come.