If you have had a number of your teeth extracted, our dentists may advise you to get dentures. Getting dentures fitted is a cost effective and viable way to replace missing teeth compared to other alternatives such as dental implants and bridges.
These devices are made after an impression of your teeth and gums has been taken to ensure that the fit is right. A loose denture can have adverse effects on your oral health, so it is important to ensure that the device is fitted correctly. Extractions can also change how the device fits.
Changes Caused by Extraction
After the extraction it takes time for your gums and jawbone to heal. The jawbone will require approximately three weeks to shrink completely. During this time, it is not possible to have either partial or full dentures replace the missing tooth.
The changing shape of the jawbone will cause the denture to be ill fitting. It may also cause infections and soreness. Additionally, the tongue and the cheek will begin to adjust to the lack of teeth. These changes will determine how long it will take you to adopt to new dentures.
One of the most viable solutions for replacing teeth is immediate dentures. The main advantage of this treatment option is that you do not have to go for weeks without teeth as you wait for your jawbone to shrink. Another advantage of getting dentures immediately after the extraction is that your tongue and cheek will not be modified as a result of lack of teeth.
This option makes it possible for the dentures to adjust to changes over time. However, this option is not absolutely necessary and may not be suitable for people with certain health conditions. Partial and full dentures are still a viable option as long as you go for regular checkups as instructed by our dentist. If you want more information on immediate dentures, call or visit our offices today.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600