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.
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.