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 and the cost of same-day dentures near you.

Need same-day dentures?

Find the best dentures dentist near you, book an appointment, and transform your smile.

Dentures near me

Same-day dentures process

Making dentures

Picture by Authority Dental under CC 2.0 license

24-hour dentures are prostheses you get on the same day you ordered them. There are no prior appointments or consultations. Sometimes the process also involves tooth extraction but not necessarily.

Here is what you can expect from dentures in a day.

Dental impressions

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.

Diagnostic procedures

The dentist or prosthodontist will check your bite. This may be visual in nature, but you may also have to bite on a thin piece of paper. The marks your teeth leave show how they come together when you close your mouth. X-rays may also be taken.

Extractions

If you need tooth extraction and dentures the same day, your teeth will be pulled that afternoon. You will probably have to do with a local injection. The chances are the teeth to be removed are loose or fragile anyway, so it should be a quick procedure.

Staff will let you know what times you have to be present at the office.

Wax mock-up and fitting

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.

Check-up

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

Across the US, the average cost for dentures made on the same day is $1,900 for a set for both arches.

24-hour dentures may be more expensive than ones you have to wait a few weeks for. This is because of the time pressure on the dental team and the amount of staff that have to work together.

Nonetheless, cheap same day dentures are possible. The cost may depend on the location as well. Larger cities tend to charge more for most dental procedures than small clinics in rural towns. On the other hand, same-day dentures are usually offered where there is a whole team specialized in such services.

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

Picture by Authority Dental under CC 2.0 license

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.

Same-day dentures near me

Same-day dentures give patients the comfort of having their smile back in less than one day. Do you have no teeth and want to change this quickly? 24-hour dentures are a great idea. The catch is that not every dentist offers them.

Don’t worry, we can easily help you find one. Authority Dental has a substantial network of the best dentists near you. Those specialists all get great reviews and work in offices with the most innovative equipment.

Your insurance and preferred form of payment will be taken into account. The service includes booking a dental appointment. And it’s all free of charge. Click here to get more details.

FAQ

Are same-day dentures permanent?

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.

How long can I leave my immediate dentures out?

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