What are Same Day Dentures and How do They Work?

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Same day dentures are a type of denture that is put in place straight after your teeth have been extracted. Often called ‘immediate dentures,’ same day dentures are fit into the mouth immediately after a tooth extraction. They can therefore be a great confidence boost for people losing their natural teeth. Such dentures are used to immediately fill the gaps left by the removal or loss of one or multiple teeth.

These types of dentures are also used by people who have already lost their teeth and need a new denture made up within 24 hours. Same day dentures can come with some fantastic benefits; enabling those undergoing teeth extractions to improve their confidence and prevent them spending weeks (sometimes even months) without replacement teeth.

What Is the Procedure for Same Day Dentures?

For those getting same day dentures after an extraction, a dentist or dental technician will take impressions of the teeth beforehand using a mould. The dentures are then created from this impression and are made ready to be implanted as soon as possible and on the day of extraction. As soon as the teeth are taken out, the custom-made denture will be fitted over the gums, allowing the gum tissue to heal with an added degree of protection and whilst the denture sits in the mouth, filling the spaces otherwise left behind.

The healing process for this can last several months, during which time you will have to revisit the clinic for check-ups and denture relining. Having same day dentures relined can help to ensure they stay fitted correctly, which in itself will help increase their lifetime and overall longevity. Once the healing process is complete the same day dentures are typically replaced with a brand-new set that are meant to both look and fit better than the previous set. Some people may at this point in the process opt for implants or a more permanent set of teeth.

Should I Get Same Day Dentures?

Same day dentures come with many different benefits and are often used as a temporary measure. For example, if someone at short notice needs dentures in Manchester, prior to travelling home to another city, they may seek to get dentures fitted locally before travelling home to find a more permanent replacement. However, as with all treatments and processes involving potential removal and replacement of teeth, there are some factors you should be aware of before going through with this dental treatment. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, same day dentures also help people to continue living their normal lives, preventing issues with speech and eating that commonly come with tooth loss.

Same day dentures can also help to protect the gums as they start the healing process from the tooth extraction, whilst also preventing the cheeks from any structural changes. Properly fitted same day dentures also work well to support the tissue in the mouth and help assume the role of the now-extracted teeth. Whilst same day dentures do come with various different advantages, it is worth noting that they are not as effective as other, more permanent types of dentures such as flexible dentures. Therefore, you may need to stop eating hard and/or chewy types of food whilst you have same day dentures.

After the dentures have been fitted, it’s also important for you to keep all of your follow-up appointments with the clinic, as this will help to make sure the dentures are lined up nicely and that everything is progressing correctly.

Same Day Dentures vs Conventional Dentures

Whilst both types of dentures can be excellent solutions to tooth loss, there are pros and cons to each which you may want to consider. Below is a list with the strengths and weaknesses of same day and conventional dentures:

 

Pros

Cons

Same Day Dentures

Same day dentures can mean users never have to go without teeth, even when their natural ones are removed. This helps not only aesthetically but also with speech and eating. They can also protect the gums and prevent structural changes in the cheeks by literally filling in for the original teeth.Same day dentures will usually require regular visits to the clinic for relining and check-ups, meaning they can be quite costly compared to other forms of dentures (e.g. conventional dentures). Additionally, these types of dentures aren’t as effective as others, meaning you might have to stay clear of hard or chewy foods.
Conventional DenturesConventional dentures typically require fewer visits to the clinic, meaning they can be significantly less costly than same day dentures.

Conventional dentures are only fitted into the mouth once it has healed from the tooth extraction. It can sometimes take several months after the extraction before the conventional dentures can be fitted, meaning you’ll have to go without teeth for a considerably longer period of time in comparison to same day dentures.

When planning to have your teeth removed, or experiencing tooth loss, it is always best to speak with your dentist or other dental professional to explore the options that will work best for you.

Looking After Same Day Dentures

It is vital that you keep your dentures in place during the first 24 hours of having them set. After this, you should be cleaning your denture 4 to 5 times a day, taking them out of your mouth and removing any and all debris. It’s important to make sure you keep your dentures clean as this will help to prevent complications from arising. You will also have to make regular visits to the clinic for check-ups on your same day dentures. This is so the clinic can check that the dentures are positioned correctly.