An immediate denture is a denture that is fitted on the day of the tooth extraction. It can replace one, a few or all of your teeth.
If you are going to have all your teeth out, your dentist will usually remove all of your back teeth first. This is because he/she wants your back gums to start to heal before he/she begins to make your denture. You are able to avoid the embarrassment of having no teeth because you still have your own front teeth. After about 3 weeks of healing your dentist will begin to make your new dentures. You will need the following appointments:
- Bite registration using softened wax denture blocks. Sometimes further impressions are taken at this stage.
- Trying the denture in to check for fit and appearance.
- Sometimes a second try-in visit is required if changes are needed.
- Denture fitting. At this visit your remaining front teeth are extracted and the denture is fitted in your mouth.
You should keep the denture in your mouth until the next morning. This is to reduce the risk of infection and promote healing. Gently remove the denture and then rinse your mouth with warm salty water. Clean the denture with soap and water. Replace the denture in your mouth. Repeat this after every meal. When eating, remember to cut your food into small pieces and chew carefully while you learn to eat with your new teeth. A soft diet will help at first. After 3 days start to leave the denture out at night. Clean the denture then keep it in a small container full of plain water overnight.
It is normal to experience some discomfort at this time. Do take your usual painkillers (not aspirin). Some people find that small ulcers appear when the denture is tight. Contact the surgery and you will be seen quickly for an adjustment.
After 6-8 weeks your gums will have healed more and your dentures will probably start to feel slack in your mouth. Your dentist may reline your denture to make it fit again.
After 6 months your gums will be completely healed and your dentist will make you a new denture.
If you pay for your treatment, expect to be charged for the extractions, the first denture, the relining and the second denture. The NHS charge for new dentures is £222.50 (band 3) and relining is £51.30 (band 2).