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Cosmetic Dentistry: Subtle Changes for Big Differences

Cosmetic dentistry involves large scale procedures such as braces for adults, but this field also offers simple procedures that can make a huge difference to your smile. Hi! My name is Corky, and I have been committed to having the best smile possible for years. However, like many people, I also have to live within a budget. Because of that, I have found the best ways to make my smile look amazing without spending a lot of time or money at the dentists. If you are looking for a place to learn about the procedures that give you the best value for your money, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to discuss procedures ranging from teeth whitening to veneers, and I am going to tell you how to make your smile beautiful!

What Are Immediate Dentures and Are You a Suitable Candidate?

Those who thought that their new dentures will only be a partial set might be surprised when their dentist has a different opinion. If you only have a few teeth left in your upper or lower dental arch, it's often more practical to extract these teeth in order to fit a full denture. This also allows you to receive immediate dentures, meaning that you won't be toothless for longer than you need to be. How do immediate dentures work after tooth extraction?

Your Preliminary Consultation

During a preliminary consultation, your dentist will take the necessary measurements to manufacture your new dentures. You might be instructed to bite into a moulding material so your dentist can take a physical impression of your mouth, or your dentist might utilise digital modelling to obtain a 3D digital impression of your teeth. Your dentures can then be manufactured.

Extraction and Fitting

Once your new dentures are ready, it's time for tooth extraction. This isn't exactly pleasant, but it should be painless (as your jaw will be numbed prior to the extraction). Those few remaining teeth will be extracted, and your immediate dentures are then ready to take over. While your gingival tissues (and the underlying bone) will begin to heal themselves, this process takes place beneath your new dentures.

During the Healing Process

You need to be relatively cautious when receiving immediate dentures after tooth extraction. The full bite pressure permitted with dentures will not yet be available. If you bite down too hard, you will irritate the lacerated gingival tissues beneath the denture base. Your dentist will give you thorough, practical instructions about how to care for (and eat with) your new dentures during the critical healing phase.

Denture Relining

You will then be summoned for a subsequent appointment once your gums have healed. This varies from person to person but is likely to take place several months after you initially received your immediate dentures. As your gums heal and grow over the empty dental socket, the contours of your mouth will change. Your dentures need to adhere to these new contours so that they fit properly. This subsequent appointment allows the base of your dentures to be relined (which involves the application of a resin material to the denture base). This relining accounts for the contours and dimensions of your newly-healed gums, which allows your dentures to be as comfortable and efficient as they can be.

Sometimes immediate dentures will require the removal of those few remaining teeth in a dental arch, but the process efficiently allows you to never have to be without teeth.