Are you planning to get dentures after your tooth extraction procedure? If so, you might be wondering how long you have to wait. Well, it depends on which type of dentures you’re choosing to have. But don’t worry. We are going to cover everything you need to know about it.
Dentures are applied to your mouth after tooth extraction. Though you may want to have dentures, it is common to feel hesitant about the procedure –especially when you don’t know how long it will take!
Regular dentures indeed require a more substantial time commitment. But are there other ways too? Let’s find out!
How long is the wait between tooth extraction and denture placement?
Your dentist will prepare custom-made dentures that typically fit between 3 and 6 months after tooth extraction. This amount of time will give your gum tissue enough time to heal. Moreover, after finishing the required waiting time, the dentures are guaranteed to fit ideally. And no reason to worry about your smile or gums during the waiting duration. Your dentist will fit temporary immediate dentures as your gum tissue heals.
Once the tissues are completely healed, your dentist will add dentures to your mouth. Putting on dentures typically takes 6 to 8 weeks after the tooth extraction. But since each patient is unique, you may have to wait for a little more or less depending on your unique oral condition.
Is there an immediate option?
Yes, you can opt to have immediate or same-day dentures. These are the types of dentures that your dentist can place on the same day your teeth are pulled out. The main idea behind it is to preserve the integrity of your mouth and jaw. This is because your jawbone may start to shrink once your natural teeth are removed. However, you need to refit or reline immediate dentures, maybe multiple times, to accommodate the shrinking jaw bone.
What about if we decide to have dentures stabilized with dental implants?
If you stabilize your dentures with the help of dental implants, your healing period will probably take 4 to 6 months. The waiting duration will increase because of titanium screws. These screws that are placed in your gums need to connect to the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration, which requires time.
You may require a thorough cleaning before the procedure. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last six months, this cleaning may take more time. Dental cleaning is more essential for you if you opt for partial dentures, as you’ll be having them hooked on your remaining teeth.
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