Getting Dentures

When a person needs dentures, do dentists put that person to sleep and pull out all their teeth and then give them dentures all in one go?

Thanks, Darlene

Dear Darlene,

When one is missing all teeth and in need of complete dentures all teeth are extracted in one visit. Patients have the option to have IV sedation or oral sedation to put them in a sleepy state of mind; however some choose just to have local anesthesia and be awake for the procedure. Not all dentists are certified in IV sedation and oral sedation so if you want to be put to sleep you need to make sure this can be offered by the dentist or specialist of your choice.

There are several different types of dentures that are offered for those in need of dentures. The most common type of denture is called an immediate denture. One of the benefits of this type of denture is that it’s placed right after the teeth are extracted so one can walk out the office with a new smile. Another benefit of placing a denture right away in the mouth after extractions is that it helps reduce swelling and bleeding that occurs after having a major teeth extraction. Immediate dentures are usually more expensive than conventional dentures because they take more time to make and more follow-up visits after initial placement are needed for adjustments. One of the disadvantages of conventional dentures is that they don’t get placed in the mouth for about eight weeks after healing however can have a better fit then an immediate denture. During the healing process your tissue will shrink and the immediate becomes loose so a soft temporary reline material is placed on the denture for refitting. It takes about six months for your month to completely heal after the extractions and at this time a more permanent reline or new denture is needed.

We recommend you consult with your dentist or specialist to determine which type of denture will work best for you and to learn all your options. Dentures can slip around in the mouth, therefore making them unpleasant to wear for some patients. One way to prevent the slippage is to have a denture snap onto dental implants which prevents the denture from moving. There are several types of dentures so learn your options to see which type will benefit you the most.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Arthur Chal.

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