Your First Denture
What to know about dentures?
The removal of your natural teeth, and fitting of your first denture will require many decisions. At DentureTech we aim to make this transition as easy as possible. Working in conjunction with your Dentist or Oral Surgeon, we will provide you with as much information and support as necessary.
What Immediate denture is right for me?
1. Immediate Denture:
An immediate denture is fitted by your Dentist/Oral surgeon at the time of the extraction of your natural teeth. Your denture is made before your teeth are extracted. You then take your completed denture along with you to your extraction appointment. Your dentist or oral surgeon extracts your teeth and puts the denture immediately in your mouth. This ensures that at no time are you ever without teeth.
2. Delayed Immediate Denture:
We begin making the denture after the teeth are removed, normally 7 or 8 days post extraction.
3. Transitional Denture:
These are dentures that are initially made as a partial denture, then when the remaining natural teeth are extracted further artificial teeth are added. This is a slower method and often more costly but is a good option for those with a few good teeth left.
4. Conventional Denture:
Made 4-6 months after your extractions. The delay is to allow time for your gums to stop shrinking, and results in a better fitting first denture.
Thinking about getting your first denture?
DentureTech has an experienced team at the Albany, Hobsonville and Millwater locations, who will guide you in your decision about getting your first denture.
What is gum shrinkage and what is a temporary liner?
When your teeth are extracted it is normal to have stitches. If an immediate denture is fitted this will help control bleeding and swelling of the gums.
As swelling reduces your gums will start to shrink called resorption and your dentures will become loose. This is when we would recommend a temporary liner. This is approximately 4 months after your extractions.
A temporary liner tightens the denture up again and as the name suggests, is a temporary measure until you reach a stage where you feel that a more permanent option is appropriate. You may need 2 or 3 temporary liners over the first 4-6 months.
Once you and your denture clinician are confident that most of the shrinkage has occurred, a permanent reline or replacement of the denture will be recommended.
What is a reline? Or why should I get a secondary denture?
The majority of gum shrinkage will occur in the first six months after extraction, resulting in a denture that is loose in your mouth. It is then time to either reline, ie. put in a new permanent fitting surface, or replace them with a new conventional denture.
Relining involves processing a new fitting surface into the denture which makes the denture fit properly. It does not change the bite or the appearance of the denture.
If you would like to change the appearance of your denture, you may wish to consider replacing it. We have many types of conventional dentures available, and will be happy to discuss these with you. See Also "Denture Selection".
What is the next step?
DentureTech have been servicing satisfied customers for over 30 years, and we have made hundreds of successful immediate dentures during this time. Together with your Dentist or Oral Surgeon DentureTech will be able to guide you in the decision making process.
DentureTech offer a free consultation. So, if you want to take the next step and find out more about the immediate denture process then click on the link below to make your appointment.
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