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Same-day dentures are temporary false teeth that allow you to get a tooth extraction and dentures on the same day. They are also known as:
It is common for people to need tooth extractions before getting dentures, which is why it can take several days to a few weeks to complete the process. You can’t wear regular dentures until your mouth fully heals from the tooth extraction(s).
Same-day dentures provide a complete smile while you wait for your gums to heal. They also act as a bandage and healing aid after tooth removal.1
With same-day dentures, you never have to go public without teeth. They will also give you the experience of speaking and chewing with prosthetic teeth, so you’ll have an easier time adjusting to your regular dentures once they’re ready.
Immediate and regular dentures can replace the look and function of missing natural teeth. However, there are some notable differences:
|Immediate Dentures||Regular Dentures|
|Fit||Poor to average||Precise|
|Esthetics||Average but suitable||Natural-looking|
If your dentist determines you need a tooth extraction, they may recommend same-day dentures as your temporary dental prosthetics during the procedure’s healing process. This is especially true if they need to perform full-mouth or front-tooth extractions.
The process of putting in immediate dentures is not complicated, but it does take time. It will also vary slightly from dentist to dentist.
These are the general steps that would occur:
You cannot remove same-day dentures immediately following their insertion. Your gums will swell and may prevent re-insertion.
Speak with your dentist about the appropriate time to take them out after surgery. Once the extraction sites form clots and the holes start to close, you’ll need to follow standard denture care.
Immediate dentures can help the healing process after tooth extractions.1, 2, 3 Medical benefits of same-day dentures include:
Immediate dentures may not be instantly comfortable. With all dentures, it can take time to adjust.
You may experience some difficulty chewing and speaking for the first few days. You may also experience some soreness, especially since you've just had surgery on your mouth.
Immediate dentures are necessary for some people. If you’ve had any teeth removed, your gums need to heal before the dentist can give you a new set of dentures.
Immediate dentures eliminate the "no teeth" period after a tooth extraction. They provide some function and improve esthetics while you wait for your gums to heal.
Usually, the dentures are delivered immediately after your surgery. They’ll stay in throughout your healing period. This generally can take up to 6 months, but it may take more or less time for some people.
Immediate dentures are always an optional treatment. However, your dentist may recommend them if you have a complete extraction or several teeth removed.
You might NOT be an ideal candidate for immediate dentures if: 2
It is up to the patient and dentist to decide whether a person is an ideal candidate for same-day dentures.
You can expect to pay between $600 and $1,000 for one standard or basic immediate denture arch or $1,200 to $2,000 for a full set.
The cost of same-day dentures depends on a few factors, including:
Fortunately, many dental plans do cover all or some of both partial and full immediate dentures. Insurance can make your immediate dentures and conventional dentures more affordable.
For example, through Guardian Direct, both Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO) plans and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans provide coverage for dentures. The network of providers available and the cap on annual maximums and other benefits vary, but you’ll still have some cost savings.
Some insurance plans will cover up to 50 percent of your dentures. For more accurate information, speak with your provider.
To determine if same-day dentures are right for you, compare the pros and cons below:
You can ask your local dentist if they provide same-day dentures after having teeth extracted. They may provide these services or recommend a trusted colleague.
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