What aRE TEMPORARY DENTURES?
Temporary dentures, sometimes called immediate dentures, are often fitted right after a tooth or teeth are removed and are designed to help you live life as normal before your new, permanent dentures are fitted.
They may be recommended by your dentist to help ease your mouth into wearing a denture, or if you have previously had issues with sensitive teeth or gums. By reducing the pressure on your remaining natural teeth when eating, temporary dentures will let your mouth heal without you needing to make any major changes to your lifestyle.
Read our guide on what you can expect during the temporary dentures process.
If you choose to take up the option of temporary dentures, the creation process is exactly the same as when you will have your permanent dentures fitted. However, with a temporary denture, you will have moulds taken of your mouth and have your biting impression taken before you have any teeth removed. The immediate dentures are then ready straight after your procedure.
Your new denture will be moulded once your gums have completely healed – usually around six to eight weeks later.
GIVE IT TIME
It is completely normal for your mouth, tongue and gums to feel slightly uncomfortable with the denture in your mouth at first. Your dentist can offer you advice if any discomfort or problems persist, as well as suggest products that should aid the bedding-in process – such as a denture adhesive – or make adjustments if needed.
LETTING YOU, BE YOU
The key benefit of having a temporary denture is simple – it allows you to live your life as normal, straight after the tooth removal. You can get back to eating the foods you love, without putting too much pressure on your remaining natural teeth.
Temporary dentures are a great way to help train your mouth for the arrival of your permanent dentures.