If you’re getting permanent dentures, you may also choose to have temporary, or immediate, dentures made. Temporary dentures are made before you undergo any oral surgery to remove severely damaged or diseased teeth and they are placed immediately after the teeth are removed. They help maintain the shape of your face after teeth are extracted, even if the fit is not ideal.
The creation of temporary dentures may require four to five dental visits prior to tooth extraction. Temporary dentures are made using basically the same technique as a permanent denture, but because they are made in advance of any surgery, you can’t tell exactly how your mouth will look after teeth are removed. By contrast, the molds for conventional dentures are made once the gum tissues have healed following any tooth extractions, which takes about six to eight weeks. During this time, the gum tissues will shrink and so the fit of temporary dentures will change.
You may opt to have your temporary dentures realigned for a better fit so you can use them as permanent dentures. Or, you can keep them as a spare set so you won’t find yourself without teeth if your permanent dentures should get lost or become damaged. If your dentures need repair or realignment, they will have to be sent to a laboratory and probably kept overnight.