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Immediate Dentures: How They Can Help You

by Danielle Fletcher

Whether it's from periodontal disease or injury, it might be the case that you might need to say goodbye to a tooth (or even a number of teeth). There are a number of options for replacing these teeth, whether it's a detachable solution (such as a set of dentures), or a more permanent solution (such as a dental bridge or dental implants). But what about in the interim? You might need a little time to think about the best solution for you, and in the case of a costly option such as dental implants, you might need some time to save up. You don't need to live with a gap in your smile, and a temporary solution can fix this issue, as well as being in the best interests for your dental health. This is why you might want to talk to your dentist about whether you're a candidate for immediate partial dentures.

Made Just for You

Immediate partial dentures are simply dentures that are quickly fabricated for your mouth and are fitted directly after the loss of the tooth. The tooth (or teeth) in question need to be professionally removed (including the root and any remaining section of the tooth above the gumline). The immediate partial denture is then fitted over the gum where the missing teeth used to sit.

A Quick (Although Temporary) Solution

Immediate dentures are made just for you but are not designed as a permanent replacement for the missing teeth. You can still eat and drink as per normal, although harder foods might need to be avoided (or eaten in a modified state, such as cutting up a steak into more manageable chunks). Ask your dentist about what types of food you should avoid. But because they are made just for you, the missing teeth will not be evident. The gap in your smile is filled almost as soon as the dentist has removed the teeth.

The Healing Process

There are also some key health benefits when it comes to partial dentures. Trauma in your mouth can be problematic. The moisture in your mouth can make it difficult for injuries to clot, and the natural movement of your mouth (eating, drinking, speaking) makes it easier for clots to dislodge, prolonging the healing process. Partial dentures cover the injury, thus allowing the clot to solidify underneath the denture without interference.

Not everyone is a candidate for partial dentures, but in the event of any tooth loss, it can be a smart idea to ask your dentist if it would be a good idea for you.