permanent dentures

Do you know the difference between temporary and permanent dentures?

Since we’ve already talked about some of the signs that dentures may be in your near future, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the pros and cons of both temporary and permanent dentures.

Temporary Dentures

There is a very good chance that you will want to have temporary dentures in addition to permanent dentures. Temporary dentures are made prior to undergoing any type of oral surgery to have your teeth extracted, and they are placed immediately in your mouth post-surgery to help you maintain the shape of your face.

Oftentimes the fit of removable dentures is not ideal since they are made in advance of your surgery, which makes it difficult to know exactly how your mouth will look once your teeth are removed. Fortunately, you would just need to wear your temporary dentures until your mouth has healed after the surgery (typically 6 to 8 weeks) and the permanent dentures can be made.

Many patients choose to have their temporary dentures realigned once their mouths have healed to provide for a better fit. Upon doing this, you may even decide to use them as your permanent dentures. Or, having an extra pair of temporary dentures could come in handy if your permanent dentures are to become lost or damaged.

Permanent Dentures

Permanent dentures are made after your teeth have been extracted and your gums have healed from the surgery. There is generally a 6 to 8 week required healing process before permanent dentures can be made so that they best match the fit of your mouth.

Many people prefer the appearance of permanent dentures as they look more realistic. Also, the teeth on permanent dentures have a tendency to be sharper, making chewing food much easier.

Contact us at Padden Dental for more about removable and permanent dentures!

About Eric Dahlen

Eric Dahlen, DMD Padden Dental

Dr. Eric Dahlen is your local family dentist and enjoys making same day crowns in Vancouver, WA. Need a new smile? Are you suffering due to poorly shaped or damaged teeth? Dr. Eric has a special interest in endodontics. “I like endodontics because it is usually associated with a patient in pain. I like to get people out of pain and by doing so, their fear of dentistry reduces."

Give me a call today to schedule a consultation in our Padden Dental office by calling (360) 213-1999.

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