Temporary Dentures in Boston

Your smile is a big part of you, and having healthy teeth to show off to the world is a real physical and mental confidence booster. If a patient comes to us with worries about missing teeth, or needing a tooth extraction at any point in their life, we want to be able to provide solutions to fill the gaps and keep your mouth in a healthy and comfortable state for life.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, we aim to take care of all your missing teeth worries, and get you right back to smiling carefree as soon as possible. If you’ve had a tooth pulled, and you’ve just had temporary dentures fitted, or you’ve spoken to a dentist about your upcoming procedure and want to know more, we aim to answer your need to know questions with the information below. Of course, you can always contact us to schedule a consultation, where we will be happy to discuss your questions in further detail.

man smiling with a temporary-denture
A Temporary Denture Is One Option Available To Replace Missing Teeth.

What Are Temporary Dentures?

Temporary dentures are used to ensure a patient, after a tooth extraction procedure, still has all their teeth to use in order to go about their daily life normally. Once a tooth has been pulled, the mouth needs time to heal, which means a set of permanent complete or partial dentures cannot be fitted for a few months.

Why Would A Patient Need Temporary Dentures?

A patient could need a set of temporary dentures for a variety of reasons. For aesthetic purposes, as well as practical purposes, temporary dentures allow a patient to go about their daily life the way they want and need to.

And of course, there are quite a few pros and cons of using temporary dentures, but one of the main benefits is just how useful they can be during the healing stage after an extraction takes place. Temporary dentures are used to bridge this period of time, and allow a patient to get used to wearing a set of dentures.

Most of all, temporary dentures will allow a patient to eat and chew the same way they always would, without fear of getting food trapped in an extraction point, and allowing bacteria to settle in.

How Does A Prosthodontist Make Temporary Dentures?

Before a patient’s tooth extraction appointment, our Boston Prosthodontist will take the time and care to ensure any temporary dentures will be made specifically for the patient.

This is done via taking a bite impression, as well as determining the natural shade of a patient’s teeth, and their shape and their size. We will also take some measurements of a patient’s jaw, as well as another impression of their upper and lower mouth arches.

Once this is all done, the temporary denture will be put together before the patient comes back in for their tooth extraction appointment. The temporary denture will be immediately fitted after a tooth or multiple teeth are pulled.

Dentures are often made from a variety of different resins, which are perfectly safe and durable enough to sit in a patient’s mouth and be used in place of their natural teeth.

Are Temporary Dentures Difficult To Wear?

In the first few weeks following a patient’s tooth extraction, the healing process of the gum and jaw will require the temporary denture set to be refitted a number of times. Apart from adjusting to the cleaning and care needs a set of temporary dentures requires, most patients are able to get on with life as they planned.

Of course, as you heal, your jaw bone may naturally change shape because of the missing tooth or teeth in your mouth. This is to ensure your body does not invite infection, but it also means your temporary dentures may no longer fit as well as they did when they first applied. This can cause them to become loose and uncomfortable in a patient’s mouth. If this happens, give us a call for adjustments.

A patient will also need to take care of their mouth during this adjustment period, and use a brush to gently rub their gums, tongue, and palate before inserting their dentures every morning. This helps to keep your circulation healthy in your mouth, and helps to keep plaque from building up underneath the surface. All in all, this process ensures your mouth and dentures are kept clean, and thus a lot more comfortable to keep on using.

Are Temporary Dentures Difficult To Take Care Of?

Dentures can easily attract residue and stains from any foods you eat. To keep a set of dentures clean, temporary or permanent, they need to be brushed once a day, and left to soak overnight. Allowing this to become part of your normal bathroom or oral hygiene routine will ensure you have a healthy and happy smile for as long as you need one.

To make sure you’re brushing your dentures correctly, hold your temporary set over a half filled sink of water, to make sure they have a soft landing if they are dropped. You’ll need to have a soft bristled toothbrush to use, as well as a non-abrasive (no bleach) cleaner to coat your temporary dentures in as you clean them. Try to avoid the use of toothpaste itself, as it may scratch the surface of your dentures. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive, and will affect how shiny the denture teeth appear.

If you’re unsure about how to take care of your dentures, talk to your Boston Prosthodontist about the right products and techniques. We’re happy to help.

Partial Denture Adjustments

After the initial adjustments that we make to ensure your denture fits well, you may infrequently need to have your denture adjusted again in the future. As you age, your mouth changes shape, and bone or gum ridges can recede or shrink. This affects the fit of your denture, which means it will need to be adjusted. If you feel that your denture doesn't fit as well as it used to, call us to schedule an appointment.

Schedule An Appointment Today!

Always talk to a dentist before going through with any dental procedure, to ensure that what you’re considering is right for you. We’re happy to provide second opinions. If you’ve been through all of the questions above and want to talk to a dentist, feel free to schedule an appointment with us now.

Dental Partners of Boston are one of the best dental practices in the Boston area, and that means we know just how scary or unsure a dental procedure can be, and we want to put your worries to rest. Be sure to get in contact with our team of dental professionals to talk about your temporary denture needs today.