Immediate or Temporary Dentures

An immediate denture is a complete or partial denture that is inserted on the same day as teeth are extracted, immediately following removal of natural teeth.  An immediate denture is actually made prior to extracting natural teeth.  When a patient is due to have some teeth extracted, prior to surgery, an appointment is made with Dr. Gulbransen.

At this initial appointment, impressions are made with the teeth to be extracted still present.  A model is made from this impression and mounted on an articulator, a mechanical device that replicates the upper and lower jaw relationships.  Then, in our in-house dental laboratory, the teeth to be extracted are ground off the stone model and the resulting altered model is used to fabricate the immediate denture.  This entire process takes place within our in-house dental laboratory, insuring quality control as well as timely delivery.  Our office is equipped with an on-site dental laboratory staffed with two full-time dental lab technicians.

It is important to note that an immediate denture is an approximation of what the mouth will look like post-surgery.  As a result, an immediate denture does not fit as precisely as the final denture will fit.  Dr. Gulbransen will use a soft liner material to line the immediate denture after surgery to provide better fit and retention.

This will require a few adjustment visits.  As the gums heal following the extractions, they will continue to shrink.  Changes can continue for several months.  Once the gum and bone healing is completed, the patient is ready to have the final dentures made.

If you have other questions regarding immediate or temporary dentures, please feel free to call our office at 619-463-3773 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gulbransen.


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