One of the most common answers to tooth loss is dentures. What was once obviously fake teeth are not much more natural in appearance, providing an excellent solution for replacing your missing teeth. While dentures have greatly improved in recent years, it can still take several weeks to get your final restoration. At Advanced Dental Associates, we can eliminate that wait with same day dentures.
Why Do Dentures Take So Long?
The way dentures are typically made, it can take up to 12 weeks before you receive your final restoration. However, why? Traditional dentures are created gradually. We take impressions of your mouth following dental extractions, which are used to create molds of your mouth. While your dentures are created using these molds, your jawbone and gums change and shrink as you heal from your extractions.
As your dentures are made, you have several appointments where you try on your restoration. This is known as a try in. This allows us to make the necessary adjustments while creating your final denture to make sure that it fits your mouth properly. Throughout this period, you are wearing temporary dentures.
How Are Same Day Dentures Possible?
With same day dentures, you get your final dentures in the same appointment as your tooth extractions. This is possible because we take impressions before your actual tooth extraction appointment. This way, we can make your dentures before you have to have your teeth extracted. There’s no dealing with temporary teeth. Instead, you leave your appointment having had your teeth extracted and getting your final denture all in one day.
While you do receive your dentures in one appointment, you will still have several follow up appointments. Even though you get your dentures right away, your gums and jawbone still change. During your follow up appointments, we can reline and adjust your dentures to ensure that they always fit. In some situations, an entirely new denture may need to be fabricated. It is also not uncommon to experience some discomfort, especially in the beginning. Though the denture is lined with a tissue conditioner, extractions can leave your gums swollen and sore. The pressures exerted on your healing tissues can cause some pain.
Am I a Candidate for Same Day Dentures?
Same day dentures can be a great solution for patients with a full arch of missing or failing teeth and would like to have their teeth replaced with dentures. Moreover, many people prefer them because you don’t have to deal with temporary restorations while waiting for the fabrication of your final denture. However, they are not necessarily the best solution for everyone. Patients who have certain types of jaw anatomy may not be good candidates for this type of denture. You may also not be a good candidate if you have certain types of uncontrolled medical conditions. If you are interested in having your missing teeth replaced with same day dentures, we can help you to determine if they are a good choice for you.
If you are interested in dentures but don’t want to deal with the wait for your final restoration, call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today to find out if same day dentures are right for you.