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The Timeline After Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction becomes inevitable as people age, due to gum loss or decay. However, once a tooth or multiple teeth are removed, a significant question arises: “How long do I have to wait until I can have my dentures fitted?

The timeline can vary depending on individual circumstances, but understanding the process can help set realistic expectations.

Understanding the Healing Process

After a tooth extraction the healing process is crucial and should never be rushed. The mouth needs time to heal and the socket where the tooth was removed takes time to close. The initial clot formed in the tooth socket is a critical part of this healing process. Over time the gum tissue will start to grow over the socket, followed by the underlying bone reforming and strengthening. It’s essential to allow this natural healing to occur to ensure the best foundation for new denture

When to Opt for Dentures After Extraction

The waiting period for dentures after tooth extraction can be categorised into:

1. Immediate Dentures:

These are custom made prior to extractions and can be placed immediately after the procedure. However, adjustments will be necessary as the mouth heals and changes shape.

2. Conventional Dentures:

These are placed about 8-12 weeks after extractions. This allows for the healing process to occur, ensuring a better fit with fewer adjustments over time and less cost.

Your Clinical Dental Technician will guide you on the best option, depending on your dental health, number of extractions, and personal preferences and budget.

Benefits of Waiting for Dentures:

Opting for a waiting period for dentures post-extraction has its advantages:

1. Better Fit:

Allowing the mouth and oral tissues to heal and the bone to change shape can result in a more comfortable and accurate denture fit.

2. Fewer Adjustments:

With less swelling and gum changes, there’s less need for frequent adjustments and appointments.

3. Optimal Aesthetics:

Dentures fitted after healing can provide a more natural look and feel.

4. Less cost:

There is no need to purchase the temporary immediate dentures.

In summary, while it is possible to get dentures immediately after a tooth extraction, there are advantages to waiting. Being informed and discussing options with your dentist will ensure the best outcome for your post-extraction smile.  For more information call sMiles Better today on 0161 796 2404 or use the Contact Page to get in touch.