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What are Temporary Dentures?

Temporary dentures are an essential dental solution used to aid patients during the transition period between tooth extraction and the placement of permanent dental restorations. This period of healing is crucial, and temporary dentures provide comfort and functionality until the final restorations are ready. Understanding the purpose and benefits of temporary dentures, can provide valuable insights to help you navigate this phase after your dental procedure.

What are Temporary Dentures?

Temporary dentures, also known as immediate dentures, are prosthetic teeth used as a short-term solution for individuals awaiting their permanent dentures. They are typically made from a lightweight acrylic material and are designed to closely resemble the appearance and function of natural teeth. Temporary dentures can be either full dentures, replacing an entire arch of missing teeth, or partial dentures, replacing several missing teeth.

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How Do Immediate Dentures Work?

Temporary dentures are custom-fit dental appliances that are specifically made to suit the patient’s mouth during the healing phase after tooth extraction. Although they are intended for short-term use, it is crucial for temporary dentures to provide a comfortable and secure fit. During the fabrication process, impressions of the patient’s gums and any remaining teeth are taken to create a custom mold. This ensures that the temporary dentures closely match the shape, size, and alignment of the patient’s natural teeth.

By being custom-fit, temporary dentures offer improved functionality, prevent shifting of adjacent teeth, and provide enhanced aesthetics during the interim period before the placement of permanent dentures or dental implants. This process is usually completed in one-day which is why they are called immediate dentures.

Older man sitting in a dental chair getting his immediate dentures fitted

How Long Do Temporary Dentures Last?

The lifespan of temporary dentures can vary depending on individual circumstances and the specific treatment plan. Generally, temporary dentures are designed to be worn for a few weeks to several months. Since they are made from acrylic material, temporary dentures may be more susceptible to wear and tear compared to permanent dentures.

Immediate Denture Aftercare

After getting immediate dentures, it is crucial to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure a comfortable and successful transition. Here are some essential tips for immediate dentures aftercare:

  1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your gums, tongue, and remaining natural teeth (if any) gently but thoroughly with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay.
  2. Handle Dentures with Care: Remove your temporary dentures carefully by using both hands, holding them firmly but avoiding excessive force. Place a towel or basin filled with water underneath while handling them to prevent accidental damage if they fall.
  3. Keep Dentures Clean: Clean your temporary dentures daily using a non-abrasive denture cleanser and a denture brush. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive and cause scratches.
  4. Soak Dentures Overnight: Place your immediate dentures in a denture soaking solution or plain water overnight to keep them moist and prevent warping or drying out.
  5. Eat Soft Foods Initially: Stick to a soft diet for the first few weeks, gradually introducing firmer foods as you become more comfortable. Avoid sticky or hard foods that can dislodge or damage your immediate dentures.
  6. Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can hinder the healing process and negatively affect the fit and longevity of your immediate dentures. It is best to quit smoking and limit alcohol intake during this time.

Temporary dentures offer a convenient and effective solution for individuals awaiting their permanent dentures. Mile High Denture Centers provides both full and partial dentures for patients of all ages. With our onsite state-of-the-art dental labs, we’re able to craft temporary and permanent dentures in as little as one day. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced prosthodontists to explore the best option for your oral health needs.

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