Eventually, the time may come in your life that you’ll need wear a denture. The first prosthesis that should be planned prior to having any teeth removed is called your “immediate denture.” This denture is given to you immediately after your teeth have been removed. It is used to transition you through the healing phase. At best this denture should be cosmetic and fit comfortably. The main goal of an immediate denture is to allow you to have teeth while your gums heal.
To make a proper fitting denture requires time — at least three to four months of healing, to allow the tissue and bone to remodel. It also requires skill and artistry from the practitioner, as well as the laboratory. There are several facial measurements that must be considered in order to create a comfortably fitting and natural-looking denture.
Your immediate denture should not be your final denture. There are too many changes in your facial dynamics from the time your teeth are extracted until your gums and bone are completely healed. In order to incorporate all these changes requires the construction of a second or “final” denture to correct them all. Don’t get fooled into thinking that the first denture you receive will be enough.
When a final denture is made, your immediate denture can be modified to act as a “spare” in the event that your final denture should be lost or needs repair.
If you want to have a natural-looking smile and the best, most comfortable fit possible, then having a denture created to your own unique specifications is the only way to go.
Dr. Mitchel Senft is a member of the Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He has been treating patients with the aid of sedation since 1984. He is also a Diplomate with the Congress of Oral Implantologists. If you would like more information on the topics discussed and how they might pertain to your dental needs, you may visit Dr. Senft on the web, www.southfloridasedationdentistry.com, or call the office, (561) 967-2001, for a complimentary consultation.
South Florida Sedation Dentistry
6633 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach