An immediate denture will also protect the sensitive gum tissue at the extraction site(s). The denture acts as a bandage to:
- Control swelling and allow the healing to progress
- Help keep the gums/tissue free of debris (food impaction) that can cause irritation
- Prevent dislodging of extraction site(s) blood clots that are necessary for healing
In the weeks before prior to extractions, your Denturist will take impressions and take specific measurements of your existing oral situation. Together, with your Denturist, you may determine the size, shape and colour (shade) of the teeth to be used for your new dentures.
The finished immediate denture is inserted immediately after your tooth or teeth have been extracted.
During the healing process after extractions, the presence of an immediate denture can also help make the transition from eating soft foods to a wider variety of food easier and faster. However, the ability to eat a wide variety of textures does take time, and the rate at which extraction sites heal varies with every individual. The results and length of healing time may vary considerably (from a few weeks to several months) due to many factors. Some of these factors are: your general health (e.g. diabetes, immune system diseases), nutrition, age, and the condition of your teeth and oral tissues prior to extractions.