Are Temporary Dentures Worth The Expense?

Posted on: 15 January 2015


Are you facing the decision on whether to have several teeth extracted at once? Maybe you have undergone many root canals to have them fail and force you to have the teeth removed. In such an instance, your dentist will offer you the option of getting immediate, or temporary dentures. Here, you will find the answers to some of the questions about temporary dentures that you may have.

How much does a temporary denture cost?

A temporary denture (which might be recommended by dentists), or basic denture will cost you between $300 and $500. These dentures are not designed to fit long-term, so the quality of the denture is less than that of the permanent dentures you will receive later.

What are the benefits of investing in temporary dentures?

There are many benefits to wearing temporary dentures after having multiple teeth extracted. These benefits include:

Appearance – You will not have to walk around each day "gumming it." Going through each day while your gums heal can be extremely difficult if you have no teeth. The temporary denture is put in place the minute the teeth are extracted and can be worn until your gums have healed enough to get the impressions for your permanent plates.

Appetite – Eating after having dental surgery is quite uncomfortable. The temporary denture will make eating more comfortable for you. This is because the open wound and stitches are covered by the denture plate. You will not be able to enjoy some of your favorite foods, but you will be able to eat things like pasta, soft fruit, and mashed potatoes more comfortably.

Swelling – Without a denture plate in place, the area where the teeth were extracted could swell tremendously. With the denture in place, the swelling is controlled and you will have less discomfort during the days following the extractions.

Bleeding – When teeth are extracted, the area could bleed for several days after. Having a denture plate in place will help control the bleeding much faster. You will not experience the nausea that can come with swallowing and tasting all of the blood coming from your gums after an extraction.

Training – Training your mouth to accept a denture plate can be difficult. Doing so directly following the extraction surgery can make things a little easier for you. Your dentist will prescribe you with pain relieving medication which can help to make the transition into the dentures a little more comfortable. Learning to live with your new dentures immediately will help you skip a transition step of learning to live without any teeth at all.

Still unsure of whether a temporary denture is worth the money? Talk with your dentist to learn more about the many benefits of investing in a temporary denture following your dental surgery.