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A 48-year-old female asked:

Hi. i am having 4 teeth removed (next to each other) and replaced by partial dentures. what are the implications of having dentures put in immediately after tooth removal vs waiting for the gum/bones to heal and adjust before putting in dentures?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Immediate Dentures: After your teeth are extracted, the bone and gingiva will shrink a bit, leaving a space between the denture and your gums. This will need to be filled in with acrylic to allow for a proper fitting prosthesis. Depending on where those teeth are located, wait for fabrication if you can.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Now vrs Later: Immediate dentures provide better esthetics. Waiting for awhile promotes optimum healing. Immediate dentures have to be resigned or remade usually within the first year. Delaying denture fabrication may provide for less reeling requirement. If you can wait, that may be more comfortable.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2018


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