If you've had multiple teeth removed, or are planning on getting multiple teeth removed, you may be a candidate for same-day dentures. Your dentist may recommend these to you while you are waiting for your mouth to heal and for your regular dentures to be made.
In this article, we'll answer your questions about this type of temporary false teeth, including:
- What are immediate dentures?
- How much do same-day dentures cost?
- Who can get them?
We hope this information helps you feel more confident getting immediate dentures, what to expect and if it's the right solution for you to temporarily replace missing teeth.
Table of contents
- 1 What are same-day dentures?
- 2 Immediate temporary dentures vs permanent dentures
- 3 How long does it take to make immediate dentures?
- 4 Immediate denture aftercare
- 5 Immediate dentures cost
- 6 What do immediate dentures look like?
- 7 Pros and cons of same-day dentures
- 8 Conclusion
- 9 FAQs
- 9.1 Can you eat with immediate dentures?
- 9.2 Can I get same-day dentures?
- 9.3 Are immediate dentures permanent?
- 9.4 For how long can I leave my immediate dentures out?
- 9.5 How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
- 9.6 Are permanent dentures thinner than temporary?
- 9.7 How can I find immediate dentures near me?
What are same-day dentures?
Same-day dentures, also known as ‘immediate dentures,' ‘dentures in a day,' ‘one-day dentures,' and ‘dentures today' are a type of restorative dentistry that allows you to have a tooth extraction and dentures the same day. That is to say, they are temporary teeth that can be worn as soon as you get teeth extracted.
After getting your teeth extracted, you will have to wait several weeks or even months for your mouth to heal before you can wear your normal dentures. Also, your healed mouth may have a slightly different form than your mouth right after extraction surgery, so it's best to wait to make your normal dentures until after your mouth is healed.
The problem with this is that you would potentially have to walk around with a gappy smile for those weeks while you're waiting. And this can be especially hard on people who have a history of sensitive teeth and gums. The main reasons you shouldn't go without teeth include:
- Irritation to your gums
- More pressure when chewing on your existing teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Difficulty speaking
- Bone loss in your jaw (this can only be solved with implants)
These ‘dentures in one day' are the solution to that problem, since you can wear them right out of the dentist's office, you won't have gaps in your teeth, and they will also help you get used to talking and eating for when you get your new teeth.
Immediate temporary dentures vs permanent dentures
There are a few differences when it comes to immediate dentures vs permanent dentures.
An immediate denture is made before you get your teeth extracted and is ready to be worn out of the office the same day you have the extraction surgery. They let patients have both their tooth extractions and dentures in the same day. These are meant to be worn until you are ready for your normal dentures, or for the first couple of months after tooth removal.
Your normal dentures are made from a mold taken after your teeth are extracted, and they can be worn after your mouth has healed. It's better to think of immediate and normal dentures not so much as ‘either-or' but instead that an immediate denture is something you can wear until you can get your regular false teeth.
So to sum up the differences:
- Dentures in a day are made before your teeth are extracted.
- They can be worn out of the office the same day you get your teeth extracted.
- They are usually only meant for temporary wear.
Something you should keep in mind is that no kind of denture is the best option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The best option is implants, but these can be too expensive for many patients. Read more about implants in our full guide here if you'd like to learn more.
How long does it take to make immediate dentures?
Times will vary depending on your dentist, and the needs of your particular mouth, but it generally takes a week or two to make an immediate denture, and potentially multiple visits to your dentist before they are made. However, since they are made before your tooth extraction, they'll be ready the very same day that you get your teeth out. For a look at how the procedure went for one woman, and how she's faring with her immediate dentures recovery, you can watch the video below:
Immediate denture aftercare
So what will it look like to take care of your immediate dentures post-op? To properly care for your temporary dentures after tooth removal you should make sure to follow your dentist's instructions. However general instructions include:
- Wearing your new dentures for the first 24 hours
- Not rinsing or spitting
- After 24 hours removing your dentures a few times a day to rinse them
- Saltwater rinses while your dentures are in your mouth
- Not smoking after immediate dentures surgery and fitting
- No hot liquids for the first 24 hours
Your dentist will also give you instructions on how to remove immediate dentures for the first time following surgery. They will likely recommend putting saltwater in your mouth and forcing the water under your denture to loosen it. Spit the water out and slowly and gently take the denture out. You can use your finger to wiggle it gently up and down to help it release. At first, it will most likely be difficult to do, but you'll get the hang of it.
You can keep these instructions for care for immediate dentures after extraction in mind, but first and foremost, follow the directions given to you by your dentist.
It's also normal to feel some pain or discomfort following extraction and with your new dentures. However, immediate dentures pain should subside within a few days and pain meds should definitely help. If your immediate dentures cause you a lot of pain, you should contact your dentist.
Immediate dentures cost
One of the main things you're probably wondering is how much tooth extraction and dentures in the same day cost.
The cost of same-day dentures will vary from person to person, depending on your oral health and the dentist you go to. In general, temporary dentures cost more than your standard ones, because they take more time to make. However, if you have dental insurance, it's possible that it will help cover the cost of your same-day denture. You should also keep in mind, that when considering costs, you need to take into consideration both the cost of teeth removal and dentures.
Extraction and dentures in the same day will have varying prices. Tooth extraction generally costs around $75 to $250 for a simple extraction and $180 to $550 for a surgical extraction. And the average cost of immediate dentures is $1,900. And you'll also have to keep in mind that a single extraction versus a full mouth extraction and immediate dentures will have very different costs.
Ultimately, to know exactly how much they will cost, you'll have to ask your dentist for a personalized quote. Your dentist may offer a financing plan or even a dental discount plan that can help you pay for your dentures.
If you don't have health insurance, or you are underinsured, there are ways to find cheap same-day dentures or even free dentures. To find out more about your options, you can read our free dentures article.
What do immediate dentures look like?
If all goes well, immediate dentures should look very similar to regular dentures, and when you have them in your mouth, they should look like your natural teeth. Have a look at these before and after pictures of immediate dentures from the American College of Prosthodontists.
As you can see from these immediate dentures pictures, they look just like normal teeth, and certainly much better than rotting teeth!
Pros and cons of same-day dentures
An immediate denture can make a big difference in the lives of those of us who have to get multiple teeth extracted, however as with anything, they have both their pros and cons. The main disadvantage of these temporary dentures is that since they're made in advance and put in your mouth as soon as your teeth are removed, the fit will not be exact.
This could lead to some discomfort and the need for frequent adjustments to make them fit better. That's one of the reasons why these are meant to only be used temporarily until your new teeth are ready. Have a look at the following table for a summary of the advantages and disadvantages:
If you need to have your teeth removed due to severe decay or gum disease, your dentist may recommend same-day dentures for the first few months. These can be helpful in protecting sensitive teeth and gums and allowing you to get used to talking and eating with your new teeth.
However, in most cases, these should only be worn until you can have a normal set of standard new teeth made. These will be stronger, last longer, require fewer adjustments and overall be more comfortable.
Can you eat with immediate dentures?
Yes, you can eat with a same-day denture. In fact, one of the great things about them is that they help you get used to eating with dentures before you get your normal set of new teeth.
Can I get same-day dentures?
It's up to you and your dentist to decide if an immediate denture is right for your situation. Chances are that if you get many of or all of your teeth extracted, your dentist will indeed recommend temporary dentures until you can wear your regular dentures.
Are immediate dentures permanent?
Unless your dentist tells you otherwise, your immediate denture is intended for temporary use. They can be worn for the first few months after tooth extraction. They cover up any gaps in your smile, help you return to eating normally and help you get used to talking with your new teeth.
For how long can I leave my immediate dentures out?
You should follow the instructions of your dentist, and if you have any questions about your new immediate dentures, don't hesitate to call them and ask. That being said, some dentists recommend wearing your immediate dentures for 24 hours a day for the first week, taking them out for cleaning. After that, you can switch to having them out for several hours during the day, and eventually, you can and should take them out at night. Again, this is a generalization, always follow your dentist's instructions first.
How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
One of the most common questions patients have after they get teeth out is “how long does it take to get dentures after teeth are pulled?” For normal dentures, you will have to wait months and up to a year for your gums to perfectly heal. But with instant dentures, you can get them the same day you get your teeth pulled.
Are permanent dentures thinner than temporary?
Permanent dentures are actually those placed with implants, but normal dentures are usually thinner and more comfortable than same-day dentures. Your immediate dentures are meant for temporary use.
How can I find immediate dentures near me?
The best way to find dentists that offer temporary partial dentures or temporary full dentures is to call around to clinics near you. If you need help paying for them, you should also try to find a clinic that offers a dental payment plan.