Conventional dentures are fixed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are extracted to allow for proper healing, meaning fewer changes are required. Instant dentures are installed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed but may need more adjustments after the healing has taken place. To make this feasible, we take measurements and create models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit.
A benefit of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shorten over time, particularly during the period of healing in the first six months after the extraction of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit correctly.