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Immediate dentures offer patients with extensive tooth loss the opportunity to restore their smile in a single appointment. This treatment is recommended for patients who are missing most of their teeth and require extractions for any remaining teeth. Immediate dentures can be placed as soon as teeth have been extracted, so you can leave the office feeling confident in your appearance.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

The best candidates for immediate dentures include patients who:

  • Have severe tooth decay or a widespread dental infection
  • Are missing the majority of their teeth
  • Are looking for an immediate solution to tooth loss
  • Have been diagnosed with aggressive periodontal disease and require complete tooth extraction

To determine whether you qualify for immediate dentures, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and review your goals for treatment. Immediate dentures provide an excellent solution for patients who are self-conscious about being without teeth.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, your dentist may request digital x-rays or other advanced images for a comprehensive picture of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. These scans will also be used to plan your treatment. It is important to come prepared with questions and be ready to discuss your medical history.

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Fabrication of Immediate Dentures

Prior to extraction, digital or traditional impressions will be taken. These molds will then be sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will craft your dentures. Immediate dentures are typically made from acrylic dental polymers, color-matched to provide realistic, yet durable results. In most cases, the turnaround time is about two to three weeks.

Tooth Extraction and Denture Placement

On the day of tooth extraction, your gums will be numbed using local anesthesia. If you are especially nervous about treatment, your dentist may offer stronger forms of sedation. Once teeth are removed, the immediate denture will be inserted. Since this is the first time your prosthetic will be placed over the gums, temporary linings or tissue conditioners may be required to provide a better fit.

John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Recovery and Maintenance

It is vital that you follow all postsurgical instructions. Immediate dentures should be worn constantly for three days. Removing the denture beforehand could cause gums to swell, making it difficult or impossible to reinsert. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to reline your dentures after your gums fully heal if they become uncomfortable.

After tooth loss or extraction, your gums and jawbone will naturally begin to recede. Regular check-ups will allow the dentist to monitor your results and replace linings as needed. Six to 12 months after your gums heal, a permanent liner can be designed and inserted into the denture to improve the fit.

Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

Dr. John F. Rink is committed to personalized excellence in every smile. He has been practicing for over 20 years and is a member of the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Pankey Institute

To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, reach our practice online or call (843) 806-3972.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Immediate Dentures

While immediate dentures can help you maintain, as well as improve, the appearance of your smile, there are also drawbacks to consider. Immediate dentures are crafted prior to extraction.

As a result, it is possible that the denture will fit improperly due to swelling. In addition, dentures will need to be adjusted or even replaced in the future, as the shape of your jaw changes.

Immediate dentures provide an excellent solution for patients who are self-conscious about being without teeth. These restorations can immediately restore dental function and the form of your smile, as well as provide relief from decay or infection.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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