An immediate denture is a dental prosthetic worn in the period between when a person has all of their teeth extracted, and the fitting of a permanent denture.
Both upper and lower immediate dentures can be worn, and this dental service
code description applies to the type worn in the lower (or, mandibular) jaw.
Due to the number of multiple extractions done in preparation
for a permanent denture, and because sutures are often not used to close the
extraction sites, the mouth can take several months to properly heal.
Consequently, an immediate denture is used to protect vulnerable gum tissue by
covering the extraction sites, and preventing bacteria from finding its way to
A temporary denture also helps to prevent excessive swelling, and provides an obvious
cosmetic benefit that would not otherwise be possible during the healing months.
The procedure for making an immediate denture is similar to
that of a complete set, but fabrication only takes 2-3 days as opposed to 8-12
weeks with a permanent set.
The process begins with your dentist making a mold of your mouth prior to the
full extraction of all teeth. This mold is then sent to a dental laboratory
where the immediate denture is fabricated to match the size of the teeth in
your mouth as well as the color and contour of your gums. Once the mold is
complete, you would be scheduled for your extractions.
After your procedure, the immediate denture would be placed
in your mouth, and required to remain in place for around 72 hours. As mentioned
above, this helps to facilitate controlled healing, a process that allows your
gums to heal in a protected manner without excessive swelling, and infection.
In the months following the installation of your immediate denture, your dentist
will adjust the fit as is necessary. The frequency of your visits will vary
depending on the recession rate of alveolar bone tissue, which can recede
anywhere from 40-60% in height during this timeframe, and your overall healing.
Once the team of professionals managing your care feel your mouth has completely healed and you are ready to begin a fitting for your permanent upper denture, that process would commence.
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