Same Day Dentures
When you lose your teeth, your entire life is affected. Not only can missing teeth cause you to become more self-conscious, most of your normal activities, which you once thought little of, become difficult. Dentures have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth, and they are still very popular to this day. Unfortunately, it can take several weeks for your final dentures to be ready. At National Dental Williston Park, the wait for your dentures may be eliminated with same day dentures.
What are Dentures?
Dentures have been in use for hundreds of years. The dentures you see today, however, are nothing like their predecessors. In fact, today’s dentures are greatly different from those dentures of just a few decades ago. Today’s dentures are made to be much more comfortable, and much more natural in appearance. They are made with customized teeth, and the bases are made to blend in with the color of your natural gum tissue.
Dentures are a removable prosthesis. They can be made to replace sections of several missing teeth (partial dentures), or an entire arch, or whole mouth, of missing teeth (full dentures). They consist of acrylic resin teeth set into a hard, acrylic base. The base is made to be supported by your gums and held in place by suction. Partial dentures also have metal clasps, which hook on to your natural teeth, providing additional support. With your dentures set in place, they restore your abilities to eat and speak and restore the shape of your face (which can take years off of your appearance).
Not all that long ago, dentures were designed and created using molds taken with impression putty. They were taken shortly after having any necessary teeth extracted and then sent off to a lab, where your dentures were made. It could take several weeks for you to get your final restorations. While you were provided with temporary dentures in the meantime, these temporary restorations could not perform the same as your actual dentures.
What Can Happen While Waiting for Your Dentures?
When you lose your teeth, your jawbone begins to resorb, or weaken. As this happens, your jawbone begins to change shape. Your dentures are made from molds of your mouth. Over your waiting period, which could last as long as several weeks, your jaw might change shape just enough so that your new dentures no longer fit. Adjustments need to be made, lengthening your wait time even more.
What are Same Day Dentures?
Same day dentures are your final restorations, without the wait! Rather than waiting, your dentures (often called immediate or instant dentures) are ready and waiting for you on the day of your extraction appointment. Same day dentures can be full dentures, or they can also be partial dentures.
Because your gums will be sensitive following your extractions, your dentures are lined with a soft tissue conditioner, which provides a cushion between your gums and the hard, acrylic base. Your new dentures, with the tissue conditioner lining, then act as a bandage, protecting your extraction sites from bacteria, protecting them from infections. As you begin to heal, your dentures are periodically relined. Once you have fully healed, the liners are removed completely, and your dentures can be worn normally.
How Same Day Dentures are Made
Same day dentures are made using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology. We begin by taking a “mold” of your mouth. This mold is a digital impression, which we use an intraoral scanner to take. This scanner generates a 3-dimensional image of your mouth onto our computer screen. With the assistance of specialized software, we can custom design a denture that will fit perfectly into your mouth (the CAD portion of the same day denture process). The 3-dimensional image provides us with exact 1:1 measurements, which helps to make this possible. We can customize your teeth, including their color, as well as the color of the base. This helps to provide a more natural appearance and allows your dentures (if you have remaining natural teeth) to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
As soon as your dentures have been designed, we then move on to the CAM portion of the creation process. The information for your custom dentures is sent to a milling machine. The machine then fabricates the parts of your dentures. When they are assembled, they will be ready and waiting for you for when you come into the office to have your required extractions.
Benefits of Same Day Dentures
Same day dentures from National Dental offer numerous benefits. One of the biggest benefits is that the waiting period typically required for dentures is eliminated. You do not have to worry about dealing with temporary dentures, which only partially restore the functions of your teeth while you wait for your actual dentures. Once your necessary teeth have been extracted, you get to leave the office with your fully functional final restorations. Other benefits of same day dentures include:
- There will be less bone resorption. When you lose your teeth, your jawbone naturally begins to resorb. During your waiting period for traditional dentures, it is possible for your jawbone to resorb too much. This then leads your final dentures no longer fitting as they should. Your dentures would then require adjustments, which would lengthen your wait time even more.
- Same day dentures help to expedite the healing process. Your dentures, complete with tissue conditioners, act as a bandage, protecting your gums from bacteria (that can lead to infection), and helping clots to form.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
There are a few drawbacks to same day dentures. These disadvantages are no different from those of traditional dentures. Your dentures will still require a more involved cleaning routine. You will need to remove them nightly for brushing (and then brushing your mouth) and allow them to soak overnight while you sleep. Your dentures may slip out of place occasionally. Dentures are also unable to stop the bone loss that is associated with tooth loss. This means that your jawbone will continue to resorb, even with your dentures in place. Eventually, your dentures will no longer fit properly. It is recommended that you be refit for new dentures approximately every seven years.
With same day dentures, the wait for your final restorations is eliminated, and you walk out of your extraction appointment with a set of fully functioning dentures. For more information, or to find out if same day dentures are right for you, call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.