If you have or will be having all of your upper teeth removed, you have likely been told about the option of having a set of temporary dentures made. What are temporary dentures and how are they different from permanent dentures?
What are temporary dentures?
Temporary dentures are much like permanent dentures, but they are not made with the same level of detail and precise fit. The form for your temporary dentures is made prior to the teeth being extracted. The denturist will take an impression of your mouth a few weeks before you have the teeth extracted. He or she will then make a temporary denture that you will take with you to the extraction appointment. When you wake from the extraction procedure, you will have the temporary denture in place.
How are temporary dentures different from permanent dentures?
As mentioned earlier, temporary dentures are not made with the same level of detail in mind. They are designed to give you something to wear while your mouth heals after the extractions. A few weeks after the extractions, the temporary denture will begin to fit loosely. At that point, you will return to your denturist and he or she will apply a temporary liner to the denture.
Temporary liners go on in a paste form, the denture is placed back into your mouth and the paste hardens. This give the denture a better fit for the next couple of weeks. You may need to return to the denturist for another liner before your mouth is healed enough to begin making the permanent denture.
The permanent denture will require several visits to the denturist. Once your mouth has healed, you will go for your first appointment for your very first impression. This impression is the starting point for your permanent denture. It will give the denturist something to begin working with.
Permanent dentures are made with great detail. The color of the teeth and the "gum tissue" are selected very carefully to look as natural as possible. The fit of the permanent denture will be much better than the fit of your temporary denture.
As the denture is built, you will revisit the denturist to ensure the best possible fit. Since the fit of the denture is the most important aspect, your denturist will take the necessary amount of time to shape and form them to fit your healed mouth precisely.
If you have further questions about your temporary or permanent denture, contact your dentist or a denture clinic. A denturist will be able to answer any questions that you may have.