I'm Getting My Teeth Pulled When Can I Get Dentures?
Posted on 5/9/2022 by Oral and Facial Surgery Center
When your tooth is badly damaged due to gum disease, trauma, decay, or even genetics, you may require tooth extractions. The decision to remove a tooth doesn't come easy, but if a dentist recommends you have a number of your teeth extracted, you need to do that. Often, tooth extractions are done to alleviate pain, prevent further damage to the bone, or even create space for other teeth to align properly, especially for overcrowded mouths. In situations where you have your teeth pulled, and want to get dentures, you may wonder how long it will take to have the prostheses. The answer to this question depends mainly on the denture type you will receive.
When conventional dentures are your option, you may need to wait for about 6 to 8 weeks to get them after extraction. Traditional dentures do not have implants to provide stability and they mainly rest on the gums. Waiting for up to 8 weeks may seem a long period, however, wearing dentures before that time could prove uncomfortable. After a tooth is pulled, you need time for the gums to head before you can get dentures.
Once you have had your tooth pulled, you can get a non-implant denture that you wear immediately after the tooth removal. This type of denture acts like a bandage and helps reduce bleeding in the gums. The downside with immediate dentures is that they are usually used for only about 2 to 3 months as you wait for permanent dentures to be ready.
Implant-supported dentures are more recommended for tooth replacement than traditional dentures. The reason is that the implants serve as tooth roots, thus helping stabilize the artificial teeth you get. Also, the implants stimulate jawbone growth and help preserve the structure of the jawbone. You may have to wait for about 10 weeks or even longer to get implant-supported dentures after tooth extractions. After a dentist places the implants, you may have to wait several months before you receive your denture that goes over the implants.
To get your damaged tooth pulled and receive dentures, come to our office for a consultation. Our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team will evaluate your denture needs and recommend the time you have to wait for your dentures after extraction.
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