Most of our patients who require to have a tooth (or teeth) removed are nervous about having to go in public without it, especially if the tooth (or teeth) are in front. We understand this can be embarrassing for most. This is why we provide our patients with same-day partials and same-day dentures. If you live in the 72143 area and are curious about how you can get same-day-teeth, call us at 501-268-5115.
DO I NEED AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE?
Anytime we have a patient that is in need of having all of their upper or lower teeth (or both arches) removed, we suggest going with same-day dentures. If a patient wanted to wait to get a denture until after their teeth have been removed, they will need to wait a few months, at least, to ensure them fitting correctly. Whereas immediate dentures are actually designed to control the way your gums heal to the denture. The only reason a patient may decide to wait to get dentures would be to avoid the painful healing process that is posed by an immediate denture. The reason this healing process is most times painful is that an immediate denture is not to come of the mouth for two full weeks following the removal and placing of the immediate denture. As one can imagine, placing a large plate over fresh extractions is very painful, but absolutely necessary. If an immediate denture is taken out before the gums have a chance to heal, the gums will swell causing it to be difficult, if not impossible, to get the denture back in the mouth.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE OR PARTIAL?
Once you have been diagnosed to have teeth removed, we will take a couple of impressions of your mouth to send to our lab. Upon receiving your impressions, our lab will fashion a custom denture.
Once we have received your denture back from the lab, we will schedule you for removal of your teeth and to place the denture in your mouth on the same day.
At your appointment, we will numb your mouth for the removal of your teeth. Once your teeth have been removed, the denture will be placed immediately.
You will have a follow-up appointment for the immediate denture 2 weeks after receiving your immediate denture. At this appointment, you will take the denture out of your mouth for the first time. Dr. Eichhorn will assess the healing of the extraction sites and make any adjustments to the denture if necessary.
BEFORE YOU GET AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE
Before making an appointment to get an immediate denture, we suggest preparing mentally for what will most likely be a fairly painful healing process. Once you are ready for that process, it would be a good idea to have soft foods and meal replacement shakes on hand as that will be all you'll be able to eat for a few weeks following the procedure. Don't worry, you'll be able to eat normally after the gums have healed.
AFTER YOU GET AN IMMEDIATE DENTURE
Directly after leaving the office from having this procedure done, we suggest taking a pain reliever. You'll thank us once the numbness wears off. For the next two weeks following the procedure, we strongly urge you to refrain from taking the denture out of your mouth. The reason being, if the denture is taken out prematurely, you risk not being able to get it back in due to the swelling. This swelling is what makes the process painful, but it is necessary to get a good fit on your new denture.
FOLLOW-UP DENTURE CARE
Most times immediate dentures will need a few adjustments to improve the fit. If your denture is causing sore spots in your mouth, you may need to make an appointment to have the denture slightly adjusted. Dentures can be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste, however, we suggest using a brush specially made for dentures.