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How Long After Extractions Should You Get Dentures?

Posted on 10/25/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A woman in pain after having a tooth extraction.
When you lose your teeth, dentures are a common choice to replace them. Some people don't lose all of their teeth, but the ones remaining are no longer healthy and need to be extracted before a full set of dentures can be given.

Extractions require some time to heal, so how long should you wait until you get dentures?

Instant Dentures

You can get dentures immediately following tooth extraction. Instant dentures are made from impressions taken prior to the extraction. Right after your remaining teeth are removed, the dentures are placed on your gums. They can help stop any bleeding and aid in the healing process. Instant dentures aren't usually meant for long term use; they are often only worn until you actual dentures are ready.

They help you retain your speech and let you eat, though you should start with soft foods. They also don't fit as well as regular dentures. If you do plan to use instant dentures for a longer period of time, they will need to be refitted within three months due to bone deterioration, due to the lack of tooth roots in your jaw.

Six to Eight Weeks
The average waiting period for getting dentures is six to eight weeks. Following extraction, your gums swell. Swelling can cause your dentures to fit too snugly, which can ultimately lead to discomfort and sores. Six to eight weeks allows for the swelling to dissipate, ensuring a proper fit for your dentures. Your dentures may need to be refitted after about six months because of deterioration.

Six Months
Some dentists suggest waiting about six months before fitted for dentures. This time allows your gums to heal, swelling to go down and the bone deterioration to slow. By waiting six months, you won't have to be refitted for a new set of dentures for at least a year. Temporary dentures can be used in the meantime.

The amount of time you should wait to get dentures is a personal choice. Contact our office and discuss which option will work best.

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