Sometimes people need to have their teeth removed or even the entire dentition. It is then necessary to replace the missing teeth with dental prostheses, often called dentures, or with dental implants with prostheses. The extraction of teeth requires a period of healing gums whose duration is variable. Generally, it is between 6 and 8 weeks. However, it can also extend up to 6 months. But what happens after the extraction of the teeth? Can we eat, talk, or smile without teeth, without dentures? Can missing teeth be replaced during the healing period of the gums? Can I wear dentures? These are very pertinent questions that many people ask themselves. Let’s take a look at how this process unfolds. But first, let’s take a look at the solution that your denturologist offers you in such cases: the immediate dental prosthesis.
Immediate dental prosthesis: immediate solution and transition
Also known as a transitional dental prosthesis, the immediate dental prosthesis serves several functions. As its name suggests, you wear it immediately after the extraction of the teeth to replace the removed teeth. Acting a bit like a bandage, it prevents the bleeding that naturally accompanies this operation and ensures the protection of your gums during their healing.
The immediate dental prosthesis, therefore, reliably ensures the transition until your permanent denture can be measured, manufactured and installed. Or until your denture prostheses are ready. In the case of a denture, your denturologist must wait for the complete healing of your gums before you can measure your new mouth and then make the prosthesis that suits you perfectly. Although healing usually occurs within 6 to 8 weeks, in some cases, it may take up to 6 months. A transitional dental prosthesis remains an investment to seriously consider if this is essential for you not to spend those weeks or months without teeth. You can then continue all your work or leisure activities as if nothing had happened.
Replacing teeth: a planned and organized process
Extraction of many or all teeth is an intervention that should not be taken lightly. In particular, it requires planning and organization by two professionals skilled in dental health. The dentist who has previously assessed that it is better to remove the teeth then works in collaboration with your denturologist according to a well-managed process. First, the denturologist takes fingerprints of your present dentition. He does it before the extraction of the teeth. The precision of his work, as well as all his expertise, contribute to ensuring a fast and efficient production of the immediate dental prosthesis. It reproduces exactly your present teeth, or even, it can make some minor improvements if it suits you better as well. So, you already have the opportunity to improve your smile!
After that, it is the dentist who performs the required tooth extraction. Immediately after comes the installation of the transitional dental prosthesis. So, you go home with a prosthesis to replace your teeth, ready to resume all your activities soon as if nothing had happened. The next day, the denturologist provides an immediate denture adjustment to eliminate any pain that you may feel. This is often necessary because of the thaw of the gums and the return of sensitivity. He also sees any other adjustment required during the healing period, while the gums and jaw bones change.
The lifetime of an immediate denture
The immediate dental prosthesis is a very practical transition solution, which allows you to live as if nothing has changed in your mouth since the removal of teeth. But it is possible in the short term. The lifetime of the prosthesis is therefore limited, ranging from 6 months to one year. This time represents the healing time of your gums, as well as the time required by your denturologist to make your permanent denture.