The time you must wait before getting a dental prosthesis varies depending on the type of prosthesis. Each type has pros and cons, so it is important to discuss your needs and desires with your dentist. Some types of dentures let you leave the dentist’s office with new teeth almost immediately after your teeth have been removed, while others require a time of healing after removal.
Complete dentures come in two types: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made after your gums heal the removal of teeth and cover your entire jaw. According to the American Dental Association, this healing will take at least six to eight weeks. These prostheses are not made until your gums heal and shrink. Once you heal, your dentures will not require many adjustments as others.
Immediate dentures are made before the teeth are removed. Your dentist will measure you for the prosthesis in a preliminary visit and you can wear it right after the removal of teeth. Immediate dentures require no healing time, but may need to be reconditioned later, your gums and bones probably shrink during the first six months after the removal of teeth, according to the ADA.
If you do not have some of your teeth, you can get partial dentures to fill the gaps. Like as there are different types of full dentures, there are several different types of partial, according to the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University. Fixed partial dentures, also called bridges, are cemented in place and are not removable. The bridges are more expensive, but they look more like real teeth.
Removable partial dentures can be used immediately or shortly after the removal of the tooth. A movable prosthesis is designed to be temporary until the other can be performed. Removable partial dentures have metal clasps, and potentially, precision attachment, which will require extra conditioning and possible procedures for your teeth and gums are ready for partial.