A smiling elderly woman with dentures


An immediate denture may be a solution when complete extractions of your remaining teeth is unavoidable. An immediate denture will allow you to avoid the embarrassment of living without teeth. We plan and prepare for this procedure well before your teeth are extracted.

The first step is to make a replica of your existing teeth and gums to create accurate duplicates for placement after tooth removal. This can be done with impressions or a digital scan.  At your extraction appointment, your immediate dentures are inserted creating a natural smile you can be proud of.


In most cases, we have no way of evaluating the fit of an immediate denture in your mouth prior to extraction.   Typically the gums and jaw bones shrink and change shape after extractions and during healing.  Immediate dentures frequently will not have an ideal fit until the gums and bone have healed and a new base or reline material can be placed in the denture.  Esthetic compromises may have to be made is some cases to compensate for inadequate space or structural concerns.  This can be a time consuming and painful process.   


Great care should be taken to follow all postoperative instructions. Your gums and bone will recede after extraction, and regular check-ups and maintenance to monitor healing can reduce problems. Temporary linings or tissue conditioners will be required to create an optimal fit and may need to be adjusted or replaced a number of times during the healing period. A permanent denture reline will be required to ensure a comfortable and an exact fit after you have completed the healing process.