What are Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures are a full or partial denture solution that are designed as a temporary, so you do not have to deal with missing teeth for a long period of time. An immediate denture is crafted using an impression of your mouth while your natural teeth are intact. Based on the size and shape of your mouth after a tooth has been extracted, your dental prosthetist will place denture teeth as close as they can to the position of your remaining teeth.
Your immediate denture will be fitted by your dentist at the time of extraction – though a delayed fitting is only used when teeth are compromised or over-erupted. Following an extraction, there will be swelling and some changes that will take place. An immediate denture procedure is designed to replace your missing tooth as closely as possible, while still considering any swelling or changes after an extraction.
After 3-4 months’ time, your immediate denture will require relining. In other words, re-fitting the surface of your immediate denture to your newly healed gums.
A reline involves adding new base material to the tissue side of a denture to ensure an accurate fit just like a new denture. It is the most common denture repairs for loose or ill-fitting dentures, whether it’s caused by normal wear and tear or by accidental damage. Keep in mind that relining will only affect the fit of your denture, not its appearance.
Common reasons for denture relining to look out for include:
- Ill-fitting dentures – when your dentures suddenly feel looser or tighter
- Difficulty in speech
- Irritated gums
- Sore spots
- Difficulty chewing
Having your dentures relined and repaired can be an inconvenience. Often, reline dentures can be done within a few hours, so don’t hesitate to set your appointment early if you want your dentures fixed as soon as possible.