How do same-day dentures differ from immediate ones? Process and cost

Jack Lawrence

Written by Jack Lawrence DMD, Richard Hattaway DDS

Functioning without teeth is not only difficult but also unpleasant. Regular activities such as eating, talking, laughing, or even sneezing can be troublesome and embarrassing. Dentures are a common solution, but they can take months to be ready.

So what about same-day dentures? The guide below will help you decide whether dentures in a day are a good idea. Discover the process, costs, and how they compare to the immediate type.

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Same-day dentures process

Making dentures

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Impressions for your dentures are likely to be taken early in the morning. A soft putty is placed inside the mouth twice, for both arches. When they harden, they become an accurate representation of the inside of your mouth.

The impressions are sent off to the lab immediately. Technicians begin working on your prosthesis as soon as possible.

A wax mock-up might be made for you to try on before the final denture is made. When the prosthesis is done, it is placed inside your mouth to check for any needed adjustments. Those will be done immediately in-office.

You may have to return in a few weeks for a reline if you find that the denture fits differently after healing.

Same-day dentures cost

Richard Hattaway

Richard Hattaway, DDS

There are immediate dentures and interim healing dentures. Usually, interim dentures are cheaper and made from lower quality materials. They are not expected to be used for more than a couple of years.

And lastly, the materials the denture is made from is another big factor. Most same-day prostheses are acrylic but you may be able to find metal cast ones also. Those will be more costly but sturdier, too.

Same-day vs. immediate dentures

Full dentures front view

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Same-day and immediate dentures tend to get confused. This is because they are similar ideas. Both allow patients to have extractions and dentures on the same day. The difference is that immediate ones require prior consultation and dental visits.

Same-day dentures are made on the day you order them. Patients often go for this option if they need a prosthesis quickly, if the previous one broke, or if they are awaiting other types of restorations.

Immediate dentures are always made before extractions happen. The patient comes in at some earlier date to take impressions and to plan out the restoration. Then, on the day of the extraction, they immediately receive their denture.

Here is a quick run-down of the differences:

  • SAME-DAY DENTURES

  • Good filler prosthesis while you are healing from extractions or awaiting other restoration

  • For those who recently lost some or all of their teeth

  • You get it on the day you order it

  • Made from cold cure acrylic

  • Relines may be needed in the future

  • IMMEDIATE DENTURES

  • No need to go without teeth after extractions

  • A consultation about a month prior to the extraction is necessary

  • The whole process can take up to 2 months

  • Made from warm cure acrylic

  • Adjustments may be needed after the mouth heals, and relines are usually needed about 6 months after delivery

Same-day dentures are made from cold cure acrylic which is less durable and may be considered a temporary solution. Warm cure acrylic needs at least 24-48 hours to set properly. The latter lasts longer and is more resistant to falls.

For both same-day and immediate dentures, teeth are made from weaker material than warm-cure acrylic.

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FAQ

Same-day dentures are similar to acrylic partials. You can wear them indefinitely, but they are not as durable as other restoration options. They can comfortably last 2 years with proper maintenance. They almost always have to be relined after wearing them for several months. This is especially important with patients who undergo extractions the same day the dentures are placed.

As with any acrylic prosthesis, dentures should be in your mouth as much as possible during the day. It is advised that you take them out to sleep, however. This means you can leave them out for about 8 hours a day. Remember to store them properly during this time.

References

  1. Dental Prosthesis - ScienceDirect
  2. Dental Impression - ScienceDirect
  3. Auxiliary Uses of Cold-Curing Acrylic Resins in Prosthetic Dentistry - ScienceDirect
  4. Physical Properties of Heat Cure Denture Base Resin after Incorporation of Methacrylic Acid - NCBI
  5. Flexural Strength of Cold and Heat Cure Acrylic Resins Reinforced with Different Materials - NCBI