Temporary dentures are usually used before other dental procedures so that the shape of the face is maintained while the patient and dentist decide what to do next. They’re made for the patient before any oral surgery occurs and are placed onto the patient after any diseased or damaged teeth have been extracted. Some dentists may refer to them as immediate dentures because they are given to the patient after teeth extraction.
A patient may need to visit their dentist between four and five times before teeth are extracted so that the creation of temporary dentures is planned correctly. The difference between temporary and permanent dentures is that temporary dentures are manufactured before there is any surgery. It isn’t easy to tell how they will look or feel once the patient starts using them. During the six to eight week healing period between when temporary dentures are removed and permanent dentures are inserted, the shape of the gums will change because they are healing. This will cause the temporary dentures to fit differently.
The dentist will make impressions of the patient’s teeth, get bite records, and will help the patient select teeth. Patients who need a full set of dentures will require the back teeth to be extracted between six to eight weeks before other teeth are removed in order to achieve best results.
Advantages of temporary dentures
Temporary dentures help the patient aesthetically because there is no need to be in public without a full set of teeth. These dentures also help reduce bleeding in a patient after tooth extraction and also help protect the sensitive tissue. They also help patients adjust to the feeling of false teeth in their mouth, which is helpful after permanent dentures are placed. This helps the patient get used to new speech patterns they have to make and makes the transition to permanent dentures. A patient can also keep their temporary denture once they get a permanent one in case the permanent one breaks, needs to be fixed, or simply wants spare dentures.
Temporary dentures fit differently as the gums begin to heal because they are made prior to oral surgery. As such, the denture may not fit as expected. They can also be more expensive than permanent dentures because more visits and planning are required so the patient has the best possible fit. There may also be additional costs because of refitting the dentures as they become loose while the gums shrink and heal. There is a significant time commitment on the side of the patient, and this can cause the procedure to become more expensive depending on what their insurer will cover. A patient and the dentist will have to decide whether or not to do a permanent reline or to replace the temporary denture with a permanent one. Not everyone can get fitted for immediate dentures. This depends on the patient’s overall health, and some may even be advised not to use this method to help heal their teeth.