There are many things to consider when deciding if one-day dentures are the right option for you.
One-day dentures are temporary dentures that patients can receive the same day, whether extractions are needed or the teeth have been missing for quite some time. Waiting for custom permanent dentures can take months, and these temporary dentures are a good solution not only for filling in the gaps in the mouth in the meantime, but also for protecting the gums as they heal from the extraction.
How We Determine if You are a Candidate for One-Day Dentures
Once you’ve decided that one-day dentures are a good choice for your lifestyle, it’s time to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. There are many different characteristics that can impact the healing process. They include:
- Good overall health
- Good dental hygiene
- Healthy gums
- Frequent brushing habits
For those with gum disease, poor oral health, or autoimmune diseases, temporary dentures may not be the best option. Another trait that can determine if a patient is a good candidate for one-day dentures is whether or not the patient is a smoker. Those who either do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking are ideal candidates, as those who do smoke are not best qualified.
Other than habits and health considerations for the patient in question, another really important factor in determining if someone is a good candidate for temporary dentures is the jaw and bone structure. The jawbone cannot be too soft or too thin to ensure that it will accept the implant without the support of bone grafting.
Benefits of the Procedure
The appeal of one-day dentures is largely in the convenience of having a full smile even immediately after significant tooth extractions. This makes the healing process feel like less of an adjustment for the patient while they are waiting for their custom set, not only from an aesthetic perspective, but also by making it easier for the client to eat after having teeth removed.
They can also help with the healing process by protecting the gums and soft tissues, making them less likely to recede as they heal. The temporary implants can also help to block the healing socket from being contaminated.
Factors to Consider
While one-day dentures are very convenient and can give the patient the experience of a full smile even immediately after significant tooth extractions, they can take some getting used to. Since temporary dentures aren’t custom fitted, they are not always a perfect fit and can move around a bit, which can cause some discomfort.
Patients may experience temporary irritation and soreness, and there is an adjustment period following the procedure. Because they can move around easily, they can also sometimes trigger a patient’s gag reflex, which may be uncomfortable. Temporary dentures don’t feel exactly like real teeth, and they are often not as sharp as permanent dentures. All considered, one-day dentures can be a great option for many patients.
For more information about one-day dentures, send us a message through our website or call to make an appointment with Dr. Alkass.