As a dentist in private practice in Palm Harbor Florida for over 24 years, I have come to realize that some terms that we, dental professionals, use routinely, are not understood by the average patient. The, term, immediate denture is one of these. This is a picture (very bloody and gruesome for some) of an immediate lower denture being tried in after the removal of all teeth in this man’s mouth.
The difference between an immediate denture and a “regular” denture is: an immediate denture or temporary denture, is delivered upon tooth extraction and usually cannot be tried in. All full dentures replace all missing teeth in that jaw or dental arch. A regular denture’s base should fit precisely on the tissue, the base of the immediate denture has more guesswork involved. The model that the immediate denture is fabricated on initially has the teeth to be extracted present. The technician that modifies this model must guess where the tissue will be after the tooth extraction(s). Many times a soft liner, or tissue conditioner is placed to make the fit of the immediate denture better.
Upper and lower dentures are very different. Being a Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay area dentist for over 24 years has shown me that most people get used to upper dentures, while most patients never like their lower denture. The most cost effective way to secure a lower denture is 2 – 3 strategically placed dental implants and relining the existing denture turning it into a dental implant retained lower overdenture.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A