Suppose you need dentures but don’t want to be without teeth for too long while you wait to receive them. There’s a solution! You can get temporary dentures on the same day as your extractions.
According to the American Dental Association, one in three people age 65 or older has lost six or more teeth. Of that same group, one in 10 has lost all their teeth. But no one needs to live with missing teeth, not when dentures can give you a complete set of pearly whites.
To fit your mouth with dentures, your doctor will need to pull some or all of your natural teeth. But there’s typically a waiting period of several weeks after extraction before you can receive your custom dentures. Fortunately, you can be fitted with temporary (or immediate) dentures on the same day of the extraction. Espire Dental in Wyoming is here to answer all your questions about getting temporary dentures and what to expect during the procedure.
What to expect when getting temporary dentures
Before you start the process, you can ask the dentist these questions. The answers will help you understand the procedure so that it will be a smooth transition to your permanent dentures.
How does the process begin? Before any extractions are done, your dentist will take an impression of your bite and measure your upper and lower jaw. The dentures will also be made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. All that information will be sent to a lab where the temporary dentures will be manufactured.
What will the extractions feel like? With IV sedation or local and general anesthesia, you shouldn’t feel anything during the extraction. Your dentist will also instruct you what to do the night before the extractions. Tell your dentist about any medications you are currently taking. If you are receiving general anesthesia, you’ll need someone to drive you home.
Then the temporary dentures are placed, right? Yes! Right after the extractions, you’ll be fitted with temporary or immediate dentures on the same day. If the dentures feel a bit loose, you can tighten the grip with denture adhesive.
What are the advantages of temporary dentures? First and foremost, you’ll not be without teeth. You can eat and speak normally and won’t feel self-conscious because the dentures will look like your natural teeth. In addition, temporary dentures can prevent bone loss and reduce bleeding. The appliances help form a clot over the extraction site, which protects the bone. However, if a clot doesn’t form, you’ll experience a painful condition known as dry socket.
Are there any disadvantages? Your gums and bone may shrink slightly as you heal, so you’ll have to make multiple visits to the dentist to get the dentures adjusted.
Can anyone get temporary dentures? Nearly everyone can get temporary dentures. But your dentist will consider some factors that may preclude you from them. Your overall health will be evaluated, including any chronic conditions such as heart disease. Those with severe gum disease may not be good candidates, as well.
Any special care instructions for temporary dentures? Even though the dentures will be with you for a short time, you still need to keep them in good condition and prevent stains. Brush the dentures every night with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Afterward, soak them overnight in a denture solution.
Soon after you get your temporary dentures, your permanent dentures will arrive. At no time will you be without functioning teeth and your gorgeous smile!
Espire Dental is in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Schedule an appointment at Espire’s Cheyenne, Wyoming, location today! Our highly trained dentists can prepare you for permanent dentures by fitting you with temporary ones on the same day as your extraction. Don’t live near our Cheyenne, WY, office? Find one of our other locations near you.
7112 Commons Circle
Cheyenne, WY 82009