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What Are Temporary Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic teeth worn by those who have lost their natural teeth.
Temporary partial dentures.
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Temporary dentures are used for people who have had teeth extracted and are waiting for their permanent dentures. During the waiting period, they help to fill the space left by missing teeth. Not only is this more comfortable for the patient, it also allows people to avoid embarrassment that may develop when they smile or talk and others notice the empty spaces in their gums. In most cases, temporary dentures can be made before teeth are even extracted so an individual can use them immediately after an extraction.

When a person has teeth extracted, he typically has to wait a significant period of time for his permanent dentures. This is due to the fact that there are x-rays, impressions, and fittings to be performed before a person's permanent dentures are ready. In many cases, a person may have to wait up to a few weeks before his dentures are ready. This is just too long for some people, and many people spend the waiting period using temporary dentures instead.

Temporary dentures are used not only for aesthetic appeal, but also for functional reasons. Usually, these types of dentures allow a person to continue to eat normally rather than having to use his gums to chew food. People are usually advised to avoid hard and sticky foods, however, as they may damage the dentures.

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Typically, temporary dentures can be placed in a patient's mouth immediately after he has an extraction. This means he does not have to leave the dentist's office and spend even a day with missing teeth. When the extraction isn't done on an emergency basis, a dentist usually has time to make a mold for the temporary teeth and have them ready for the patient at the time of extraction. The length of time it takes to get the dentures ready may vary, but usually they can be prepared and delivered to the patient's dental office within about two weeks.

A person may wonder whether temporary dentures will make his mouth more uncomfortable after an extraction or interfere with the healing process. This is a valid concern, as the gums may be swollen and tender after natural teeth are removed. Many people, however, assert that they were not more uncomfortable when using temporary dentures than when they went without them. In fact, some people state that using the temporary version helps to keep swelling to a minimum.

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anon939114
Post 7

How bad does it hurt after having several top teeth extracted, to put in temporary dentures? I'm having it done today and don't know what to expect.

Domido
Post 6

My mom had to have temporary dentures after her teeth were pulled at an early age. She was just born with bad teeth, or at least that is what the dentist said. They were gorgeous and white, but just plain flat soft.

She was eating a regular hamburger and just broke a tooth off. Another time, she broke one off eating some pudding.

The dentist did say that part of this was where she had had severe morning sickness during pregnancy as well. The baby got all of the nourishment while she went without. (That was my older sister, not me.)

Regardless, by the time she was ready to get her permanent dentures she couldn’t wait. You see, her gums had lost all of the swelling from her teeth being pulled and the dentures didn’t fit well anymore.

I believe she had to wait about six months to be fitted for her permanent ones.

mabeT
Post 5

My poor father in law had to have all of his teeth extracted.

He found a place in his local area that could pull them all, give him his temporary dentures and then his permanent dentures later. He had to pay the entire cost upfront, which was over five thousand dollars.

Well, he had all of his teeth removed and got his temporary dentures. They then sent him a bill because they decided to go up on the price after he had had the procedure done and after he had already paid. He fought that and won.

But then when he went to make an appointment for his permanent dentures, the place had not only closed down completely but apparently had fallen off the edge of the earth as well.

He was lucky because he had used his credit card to pay the bill. He was given back his money, but had he used cash he would have just been out of a few grand.

So, never pay cash for these kinds of high end procedures and don’t pay it all upfront if you can help it.

strawCake
Post 4

@JessicaLynn - It would be great if people could get immediate dentures, but it sounds like the technology just isn't there yet. The process is just too involved it seems.

I guess it's a good thing that dentists take their time making the dentures though. My grandmother had some problems with her permanent dentures not fitting correctly and she was pretty miserable! Any dental work that isn't quite right can be very painful.

JessicaLynn
Post 3

I'm not that familiar with dentures so for whatever reason I didn't think it took that long for a permanent set of dentures to be made. I can't imagine walking around with no teeth for a month or more! I could see how that would be uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Although, I guess I should have known you can't get dentures in a day! When you get a crown done the crown doesn't get made instantly. They give you a temporary crown to wear while you wait for the permanent one to be completed. Like dentures, this takes about a month. I guess the process is probably pretty similar.

lonelygod
Post 2

If you are going to be supporting someone who is heading in to get permanent dentures and must wear temporary ones for a while, what are some of the best foods for them to have?

I know that the temporary dentures are designed so that people can continue to eat somewhat normally but it seems to me that after you first get them in you would have some pain issues and perhaps problems from tooth extractions.

For those that have any experience with temporary dentures do you think that a person should stick to really soft food for the first week or so, or should it be for longer?

wander
Post 1

My mother had to use temporary dentures while she was waiting to get her permanent ones and she really felt that they helped to keep her from feeling self-conscious and embarrassed during outings. She had been struggling with unsightly teeth for her entire life so for her, even getting in temporary dentures was a blessing as they gifted her with an instant perfect smile.

As for aftercare she found that the temporary dentures did indeed help to keep the swelling down. She also told me that they were easy to take care of and good training for the more permanent dentures she received. Since her permanent dentures took more than a month to be completed she was really happy with the temporary set.

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