If you have teeth that need to be removed immediate dentures, also known as temporary dentures, will be inserted the same day so you can leave the dental office with visible teeth. These dentures can be for one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
Sometimes, your teeth can start to become loose, fall out or fracture. If you need to have teeth replaced because of tooth decay or periodontal disease, you may have the option to wear dentures or get dental implants. Either way you may want temporary teeth.
If you’re looking for a temporary solution while you prepare to get your permanent dentures, we’ve got some great information to help you make the best decision.
The most obvious difference between an immediate and permanent denture is that the former is basically temporary. Like I said, it’s not custom-fitted to the mouth so it doesn’t always fit properly. But you will have teeth to smile with and eat with.
After your teeth are removed the new dentures will be inserted and adjusted to make them comfortable. The gums need several months to heal so you will wear these for 2-6 months until your final dentures are fabricated. The immediate dentures will also protect the tooth sockets while you are healing just like a band-aid.
If you’re in need of dentures, consider immediate dentures from our office. You’ll be able to eat and speak right away, rather than waiting months for your permanent dentures.
Am I a Good Candidate for Immediate Dentures?
Honestly, not everyone needs immediate dentures. If you are only losing a molar or maybe a few teeth on the side then you may choose not to get replacement teeth. You do have the option to go without teeth for several months until the gums heal. However 90% of our patients choose to have temporary dentures.
If you are losing a front tooth or all of your teeth, then an immediate denture make the most sense.
Immediate dentures can trigger a gag reflex in some people. Because they aren’t custom-fitted to your mouth, they can slide around and touch the back of your mouth, thus triggering this reflex.
How are Immediate Dentures made?
Making immediate dentures only takes one or two visits and 1-2 weeks before getting your teeth removed.
One of our skilled dentists or prosthodontist (a specialist in making dentures) will take accurate impressions of your mouth. From these molds we can generate your new dentures with brand new teeth to the color of your choosing. All our patients leave with beautiful new smiles!
Immediate dentures are designed to be temporary, only worn until the arrival of a permanent denture. Since they are not custom-fitted to the mouth, it’s normal for them to slip and move as we eat, talk, and laugh. It is also common for people to not wear these for more than 6-12 months.
Your initial dentures will also need to be frequently adjusted and lined (adding material to the inside of your denture) as your mouth heals and the swelling subsides.
Once your permanent dentures are made, you will be able to keep the temporary ones as a back up set.
How Much do Immediate Dentures Cost?
Immediate dentures are cheaper than permanent dentures since there are not as many steps to making them.
The best dentures are custom-built to fit each patient. These functional and natural-looking dentures use expensive materials that make them look and feel better than any other kinds of dentures. These premium dentures can range from $2,000 to $4,000 per plate or $4,000 to $8,000 for the whole mouth.
Fortunately immediate dentures are more affordable. Pricing depends on how many teeth are being replaced, but the range for immediates are from $300 or $1500 per plate.
Of course if you have dental insurance they will help pay towards your treatment, but only if you have a PPO plan. Not sure what dental plan you have? Talk to our expert and find out exactly what your plan covers.
How painful are Immediate Dentures?
Immediate dentures should not hurt, however you will have gum soreness especially after having your teeth removed. Your new dentures will need several adjustments over the next few weeks and a soft liner or cushion will be added to help ease the pain.
It may take a while to get used to your new dentures. You should be prepared for occasional soreness as you become accustomed to a new way of eating and being able to speak clearly.
For people who want to replace their missing teeth, getting immediate dentures is often the best choice. Immediate dentures can be put in place immediately after your last tooth is removed, which makes this option appealing for people who would prefer not to go too long without teeth.
If you are looking for a solution to replace your missing teeth that will allow you to eat and speak better, our office can help you determine whether this is the best choice for you.
If you’re considering dentures, be sure to discuss your options with your dentist. Talk to them about what they can do and ask for a before and after picture of their work.
Making a big change in your life? You’re not alone. Many patients have made the decision to replace their teeth with dentures or dental implants. We take special care with every case, and work closely with you every step of the way to ensure comfort and success throughout your journey.