The Difference Between Conventional And Immediate Dentures

Dentures are a great solution to replace lost or missing teeth. They are typically built in a prosthodontics lab according to the patient’s specifications. However, many types of dentures come with specific features, costs, and dental care plans.

In this blog, we will discuss the differences between the two commonly used types of dentures: conventional and immediate. Which one is for you? Keep reading to decide.

A dentist holding dentures in hands with gloves

Conventional Vs. Immediate Dentures

Conventional Dentures

Conventional dentures are a relatively permanent solution for individuals with no or little teeth. They are meant to be used as replacements. Conventional dentures are made specifically for a patient once their teeth have been removed. Think of it as a tailor-made replacement for what your jaw used to look like. A good dentist can produce a denture that meets the exact requirements of the patient’s jaw.

However, because of its specificity, making a conventional denture takes time. After the teeth removal, the patient needs to wait about four weeks before they can go back to continue the dental treatment. In total, a patient might have up to eight weeks without teeth. Some advantages of conventional dentures are:

  1. Tailored for you

Your conventional dentures are specifically designed for you. Conventional dentures are less bothersome because they fit perfectly in your mouth.

  1. Last Longer

Conventional dentures are made after careful consideration and measurements; hence they are guaranteed to last longer.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures work quite the opposite. They work as an instant replacement for your teeth, so a patient has no waiting to do in this case. Immediate dentures are also ideal for patients with severe gum issues as they protect the gum tissue and may even be used to control bleeding. Immediate dentures cost more because of the time it takes to prepare them. However, they hold several benefits that will push your cost worries down.

  1. Spending no time without teeth

Your teeth are perhaps the most supportive structures when eating and speaking. Getting a tooth extraction is painful as it is, but going without teeth for long periods is even more excruciating.

  1. You can adjust your dentures much sooner

Along with adjusting the dentures, you can also learn to speak again and practice for much longer as soon as you put your dentures on.

  1. A natural teeth replica

It is much easier for dental technicians to duplicate or mimic the tone, shade, and look of natural teeth with immediate dentures. This way, no one has to know you have dentures on.

A dental hygienist helps patients put on and examine dentures


Your oral healthcare professional will best be able to guide you regarding what type of dentures suit you best. There are many factors to consider, for instance, the cost of each denture, the desired effect the patient requires, and the time you are willing to spend waiting after surgery.

Our clinic West Hills Smiles provides a multitude of services for patients of different ages with different problems. No problem is too big for our health professionals who have years of experience in the field of dentistry. We offer Procelain Veneer West Hills, dental implants, and even Invisalign as part of our services to our patients. Contact us today and help us help you with your dental issues. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with us for more details.