After tooth extraction is performed, temporary dentures are provided while the patient waits for the construction of the permanent set. Despite their wide usage, there’s a lot that the average person doesn’t know about temporary dentures.
Hence the team at Vranjes Denture Clinic would like to provide you with 5 things to know about temporary dentures.
1. Temporary Dentures Will Not Provide A Great Fit.
The primary purpose of immediate dentures is to be a placeholder for a more permanent solution. They are produced based on general measurements and averages. As such, they are not likely to fit properly.
Permanent dentures are custom-made to perfectly fit a patient’s mouth since they are made with the said patient in mind. However, they take several weeks to produce and might need adjustments after production. Hence, temporary dentures are provided to patients waiting for their long-term set.
2. They Require An Acclimatisation Period
After a patient loses their natural teeth and gets a prosthetic replacement, they might find some difficulty in performing basic activities like conversation or consuming food. This is a common occurrence with temporary dentures.
Though it may be disconcerting, this difficulty is an expected part of the process. As the patient acclimates to the presence of the dentures, their typical speaking and eating abilities will return as well. Performing exercises to improve speaking and talking reduce the adjustment period even more.
3. Temporary Dentures Help Adjust To The Feel Of Permanent Dentures
The feeling of dentures in a patient’s mouth is quite unsettling and very different from the feeling of natural teeth. Getting used to their presence and using them in regular situations like talking and eating can be difficult.
Temporary dentures can help patients learn the nuances of handling dentures in their mouths. The short-term dentures act like a set of training wheels, allowing recipients to learn how to balance and move a set of dentures before moving on to a permanent set. They are particularly useful for those receiving dentures for the first time.
4. They Do Not Last As Long As Permanent Dentures
Dentures typically serve as a long-term solution, replacing missing teeth and allowing for typical eating and speaking motions. With proper care and maintenance, dentures can last for lifetimes.
Immediate dentures, however, are not equipped with that kind of longevity. The base materials and manufacturing process that churns them out allows for quick production at the cost of durability and strength. Their primary purpose in serving as a placeholder and allowing patients to gather the necessary experience is still fulfilled despite their lack of longevity.
5. Temporary Dentures Will Need Adjustments Over Time.
After tooth extraction, the patient’s gums will change shape and adjust to their new status quo as they heal. This will create an imbalance with the temporary dentures since they cannot expand to precisely fit the newly formed space. As such, the short-term dentures become loose and unwieldy in the patient’s mouth.
To resolve this, a denturist will need to reline, rebase or use other denture adjustment techniques to improve the fit of the temporary dentures. This allows them to keep fulfilling their purpose with a more comfortable fit.
Vranjes Denture Clinic – Regain Your Smile and Confidence
Temporary dentures are a necessary step to help patients prepare for permanent dentures. However, they can only stand in for permanent dentures. Patients need to work with a dentist for a long-term solution to fully regain their normal eating and speaking ability.
Please contact us if you need high-quality dentures. Vranjes Denture Clinic provides the best dentures, partial, full and implant variations, to Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Our team strives to provide the best possible dentures so you can smile and speak with confidence.