Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures offer patients with extensive tooth loss the opportunity to restore their smile in a single appointment. This treatment is recommended for patients who are missing most of their teeth and require extractions for any remaining teeth. Immediate dentures can be placed as soon as teeth have been extracted, so you can leave the office feeling confident in your appearance.

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Immediate dentures can renew your confidence in your smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

The best candidates for immediate dentures include patients who:

  • Have severe tooth decay or a widespread dental infection
  • Are missing the majority of their teeth
  • Are looking for an immediate solution to tooth loss
  • Have been diagnosed with aggressive periodontal disease and require complete tooth extraction

To determine whether you qualify for immediate dentures, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and review your goals for treatment.

Immediate dentures provide an excellent solution for patients who are self-conscious about being without teeth.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, your dentist may request digital x-rays or other advanced images for a comprehensive picture of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. These scans will also be used to plan your treatment. It is important to come prepared with questions and be ready to discuss your medical history.

Fabrication of Immediate Dentures

Prior to extraction, digital or traditional impressions will be taken. These molds will then be sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will craft your dentures. Immediate dentures are typically made from acrylic dental polymers, color-matched to provide realistic, yet durable results. In most cases, the turnaround time is about two to three weeks.

Tooth Extraction and Denture Placement

On the day of tooth extraction, your gums will be numbed using local anesthesia. If you are especially nervous about treatment, your dentist may offer stronger forms of sedation. Once teeth are removed, the immediate denture will be inserted. Since this is the first time your prosthetic will be placed over the gums, temporary linings or tissue conditioners may be required to provide a better fit.

Recovery and Maintenance

It is vital that you follow all postsurgical instructions. Immediate dentures should be worn constantly for three days. Removing the denture beforehand could cause gums to swell, making it difficult or impossible to reinsert. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to reline your dentures after your gums fully heal if they become uncomfortable.

After tooth loss or extraction, your gums and jawbone will naturally begin to recede. Regular check-ups will allow the dentist to monitor your results and replace linings as needed. Six to 12 months after your gums heal, a permanent liner can be designed and inserted into the denture to improve the fit.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Immediate Dentures

While immediate dentures can help you maintain, as well as improve, the appearance of your smile, there are also drawbacks to consider. Immediate dentures are crafted prior to extraction. As a result, it is possible that the denture will fit improperly due to swelling. In addition, dentures will need to be adjusted or even replaced in the future, as the shape of your jaw changes.

Immediate dentures provide an excellent solution for patients who are self-conscious about being without teeth. These restorations can immediately restore dental function and the form of your smile, as well as provide relief from decay or infection. 

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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