If your dental professional surprised you by saying that you might need to lose a few more teeth before getting dentures, you’re not alone.
It’s true that the process of getting dentures frequently begins with tooth extractions – often, more than one. It can take a few months to complete the journey.
While partial dentures clip on to the teeth you have in your mouth, getting a full set of dentures may require you to get some of your remaining teeth removed first. This will allow for a seamless implantation and take care of any issues along the way.
Tooth extractions for any purpose usually come with a similar degree of pain. If you opt for local anesthesia as opposed to full sedation or the use of nitrous oxide, the local anesthesia injection may cause minor pain, similar to a pinch.
Otherwise, as the anesthesia wears off, your gums will be sore. If you opt for temporary “immediate” dentures, there may be some pain as you get used to them. If you don’t, you’ll be without teeth and dealing with natural bone repair and jaw shrinkage over the next six to eight months until permanent dentures are put in.
There is some degree of discomfort with either process, but you have some choices to make along the way that will change how and when you experience any discomfort.
Whether you choose “immediate” temporary dentures followed by permanent dentures, or perhaps a full healing period post extraction followed by permanent dentures, the total process likely take 8 months. This covers the time from consultation to the completion, depending on office availability and the specific details of your situation.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, contact our team to set up an appointment today!