July 3, 2019
If you’ve just recently had your teeth pulled, you’re probably anxious to have them replaced, so you can have a full smile once again, right? It’s understandable, and your dentist wants to help you achieve that complete look as soon as possible. However, it does take time, so you will need to patient. But how patient? Read on to find out how long you’ll need to wait after having your teeth pulled to receive your new dentures in North Sarasota.
How Long Will You Need to Wait to Receive Dentures Once Your Teeth are Pulled?
The answer depends on the type of denture you’ll be receiving.
- Custom-made dentures can take three to six months for a fitting.
- Immediate dentures are placed following a tooth extraction.
- Implant-retained dentures will require four to six months for healing before the final restoration is placed.
Why Does it Take so Long?
When teeth are extracted, it is necessary that the gum tissue heals properly. To better understand each type of denture and the reason it takes the length of time it does, here is a more detailed explanation:
If you are preparing for custom-made dentures, there are a few reasons why it will take three to six months:
- Your gums need time to heal
- The professionals need ample time to create your customized dentures
- It’s important that the dentures fit properly, so you may need multiple fittings
While your permanent dentures are being made, you’ll receive a set of temporary ones, so you can start enjoying a fuller, complete smile even sooner.
If you are eligible for immediate dentures, your dentist in North Sarasota will be able to place them immediately following your tooth extraction. It is important to remember, when choosing this option, your jawbone will shrink during the healing process. This will require your dentures to be relined or refit. This will need to be done multiple times before your jawbone no longer shrinks.
A more stable, longer-lasting solution is implant-retained dentures. Your dentist will place a specific number of implants in your jawbone, ensuring the restoration is secured in place. Once the implants are in place, it is required that you spend four to six months at home healing and allowing osseointegration, the fusing on the implant to the bone, to occur. Once you’ve finished healing, you’ll return to have your denture attached.
Regaining your smile and confidence is a priority, and rest assured, your dentist wants to help you achieve that quickly but also safely. Rushing a process can result in damage or more money out of your pocket, so it’s best to be patient. The final results will be worth the wait.
About the Author
Dr. Warren Hoffman, DDS, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from SUNY Binghamton before going on to attend dental school in Baltimore, Maryland. Receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, he completed an externship during his senior year, providing dental services to stationed members of the United States Coast Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii. At Parkway Ridge Dental, Dr. Hoffman can restore your smile with the help of dentures. This tooth replacement solution is popular, effective, and offers a significant improvement to your oral health and overall appearance. To learn more, contact us at (941) 358-8830.