Once a number of natural teeth are missing or become severely damaged, unattractive or uncomfortable, it may not be possible, practical or affordable to maintain your teeth. Immediate dentures are made before your natural teeth are removed and are fitted to your mouth during the same appointment that your natural teeth are removed. You will obviously have to be gentle with your dentures for many weeks but you can quickly adapt to a more normal appearance and speech but more slowly for eating. As your gum and bone heals, the immediate dentures will need to be refitted or relined a few times. Because immediate dentures are made before the natural teeth are removed, the appearance and design of the denture can not be ‘tried out’ in advance.
Nothing can be the same as having healthy, natural teeth. However, complete denture care, when combined with specialized knowledge, skill and experience can restore for most people a natural appearance, reasonable chewing ability, normal speech, health and comfort. Successful dentures require not only the technical aspects of a well made denture but also appropriate evaluation and treatment of the gums and bone taking into account oral physiology such as saliva, mouth movements and functions such as speech and mastication (chewing). Your health, comfort and appearance are dependent on all these factors. Your comfort and ability to function with dentures is also dependent on the amount of your remaining jaw bone or ridge and your ability to adjust to new dentures. While proven techniques and extensive efforts are used, the final result can not be known in advance and no guarantee of success can be made. We will, however, use our best efforts to provide you with the finest dentures possible.