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When Can You Get Your Dentures After Having Teeth Removed?

May 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 1:07 pm
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Once someone has decided to get dentures and fully restore their smile, you can imagine that they don’t want to wait any longer than they have to. In many cases, however, some or all of their remaining teeth need to be removed before they receive their prosthetic to ensure the most secure and lasting fit. Because of this, patients often have to wait after their extractions before they can receive their new teeth, but for how long on average? It turns out that the answer is it depends, but you’ll find much more clarity if you read on below.

Tooth Extractions Before Dentures

When a patient requires dentures to replace several missing teeth, typically a few of their remaining teeth are damaged or decayed to the point where they cannot be restored. So it’s common for them to have some removed ahead of getting a denture. This can allow for a better fit and also makes their mouth healthier overall, which ensures their denture stays in place and can be trusted to last.

The Wait After Extractions

There are two scenarios when it comes to waiting for dentures after tooth extractions:

  • The patient spends six to eight weeks without teeth while their gums heal from the extractions. When their mouth is ready, they’ll come back to the dentist’s office to get their denture.
  • An immediate denture is placed on the gums right after the extractions are performed, literally at the same appointment.

Pros & Cons

Each approach has its own benefits and drawbacks that a patient should consider if they have the option (mitigating factors like infections or other health concerns might make one scenario absolutely necessary).

While getting an immediate denture and never going without teeth might seem preferable, the patient will likely experience some discomfort due to the prosthetic pressing on their healing gums. The fit will also notably change as the swelling goes down, so speaking and chewing might feel pretty awkward. However, for some patients, seeing themselves with a full set of teeth right away is completely life changing.

The other approach is to wait. While spending over a month without teeth has its own challenges, once the patient has their denture, it will fit better and be much more comfortable. As a result, learning how to speak and chew with the new teeth will be much easier and smoother.

Which One is Best For You?

Thankfully, when it comes to choosing between waiting or getting an immediate denture, you don’t have to decide on your own. Your dentist will be able to give you personalized input based on your situation and provide all the information you need to make a confident decision. Either way, you have a renewed smile to look forward to that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

About the Practice

Casco Bay Smiles is led by Dr. Rob McVety and Dr. Kieffer, two dentists with an extensive amount of experience helping patients overcome all types of dental problems, including extensive tooth loss. They have helped countless patients reclaim their health and confidence using custom-made dentures, and they are ready to give your smile a new lease on life using the highest quality materials and best techniques available today. To schedule an appointment and learn more about your denture options, click here or give us a call at (207) 517-7008.

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