The Difference Between Immediate and Permanent Dentures

May 16th, 2007 by admin

If you are suffering from tooth loss, you are probably wondering what the difference is between immediate dentures and permanent dentures

Generally speaking, both immediate dentures and permanent dentures are used to replace lost teeth in your mouth.  Replacing teeth you’ve lost is essential to eat and speak properly, as well as provide adequate support from your cheeks and lips.  Teeth keep your facial muscles from sagging and working improperly.

The greatest difference between immediate dentures and permanent dentures is when you are fitted for them.  Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after your teeth have been removed.  Dentist will take measurements and impressions of your mouth during an initial visit.  The benefit of having immediate dentures is that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period after they have been removed so you can eat and smile with ease.  However, your gums and bones may shrink after time has passed and the immediate dentures may have to be refitted or even replaced. 

Permanent dentures are made and inserted in your mouth after your teeth have been removed and the tissues have had the opportunity to fully heal.  Healing may take several months and usually conventional dentures are considered until six to eight weeks of healing time has elapsed.  Once permanent dentures are fitted, they should remain comfortable in your mouth and only require minor adjustments in the future.

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