Temporary Dentures (Immediate): Everything You Should Know

Temporary Dentures Leamington

After tooth extraction, you may not want to go out in public without teeth for any period of time. However, you know it’s important to get them extracted so that you can be comfortable and live pain-free again. Immediate dentures are designed to be temporary, only worn for about 6 to 8 months until the arrival your permanent dentures. Your dentist will provide you with temporary set of “immediate dentures” until you can get fitted for your permanent ones.

Though the thought of having false teeth might be a little upsetting for some people at first, it’s often the best solution. If you currently deal with severe pain, you may need to have all your teeth extracted. This is a common problem in aging, and you can easily get temporary dentures after that surgery so that you always have the ability to eat and function out in the world.

Let’s learn more about Immediate or Temporary Dentures…

What Are Immediate Dentures?

Immediate or temporary dentures will be inserted soon after your tooth extractions (after your gums have time to heal). They are the placeholder you get until the permanent dentures are prepared and ready. Therefore, they’re used for about two or three months.

How Do You Know if Temporary Dentures Are Appropriate for You?

If you recently got your teeth extracted, the dentist will typically recommend temporary dentures for you to wear. The type you receive depends on many factors, such as the number of teeth removed. There are two options:

  • Partial Dentures – This denture type covers the part of your mouth where only a few teeth were removed.
  • Complete Dentures – This covers the whole mouth.

Immediate dentures can be a great solution for those who worry about navigating life without teeth after a dental extraction. Whether it’s psychological or aesthetic, you can enjoy a beautiful smile and don’t have to wait more than an hour to get it.

Drawbacks/Benefits of Temporary Dentures

Your oral health is important, and it’s crucial to understand the pros and cons of same-day temporary dentures. Let’s explore them now:


  • You can get temporary dentures after a full-mouth extraction, going into the public with teeth.
  • You’ll reduce gum bleeding and protect them throughout the healing period.
  • You’ll have more time to get used to speaking, eating, and wearing dentures.
  • You can fill in mouth gaps after tooth removal with ease.


  • There’s an extra cost associated with same-day dentures.
  • They aren’t custom-made, so the fit might not be ideal. In fact, they could move around or slip more frequently.
  • You might have to get them relined or adjusted to account for the changes during your healing period. This can add more to the cost you pay.
  • Most people experience irritation or some gum soreness while the mouth heals and adjusts to them.
  • You will wear them until the permanent ones arrive, which could take about four to six months.
  • They will never feel like your natural teeth. Likewise, they might not be as sharp as the permanent dentures, so you may find it difficult to chew.
  • You could experience jaw bone shrinkage after the tooth extraction. The dentist will likely have to realign and adjust the dentures.
  • You can’t try them on before your teeth get extracted, so you won’t know how they’ll look beforehand.

Immediate Dentures – The Process

How do you get an immediate denture? Here’s what the process often looks like:

  • One or Two Months Prior to the Tooth Extraction – Your dentist will take a bite impression of your mouth, and this usually happens during four to five visits. This will help them create the denture for you.
  • Extraction Day – Once the teeth get removed, you will get your immediate dentures after the denture procedure.
  • First Day – You’ll likely feel some discomfort and soreness, even with the soft-lining material in place. Typically, this happens around the extraction sites. It’s generally wise to eat soft foods.
  • First Few Weeks – You’ll start adjusting to the dentures and may move away from a diet of softer foods. The soreness and discomfort slowly go away.
  • Get Your Permanent Dentures – Your dentist will continue checking with you and will get the impressions needed for your permanent dentures when he feels it’s time. They are made to measure specifically for your mouth.

How Do Immediate Dentures Get Made?

The dentist will start by removing the back teeth. They require four to eight weeks to heal. When that area is ready, they will take impressions of your mouth and make your immediate dentures. The process for standard dentures is quite similar.

Your denturist may have an in-house laboratory where the temporary dentures are made, or they may be shipped to the office. Then, the denture specialist will ensure that they are comfortable inside your mouth and adjusts them to fit.

Immediate Denture Costs

The price you pay for immediate dentures depends on various factors, such as the type of denture. They often cost more than permanent dentures because they’re constructed before your extraction. Likewise, you might require a follow-up visit or two and a permanent reline or refitting.

Traditionally, you pay more for immediate dentures than you would conventional dentures because they must be constructed before you get your teeth removed. In most cases, you’ll require a guide for recontouring tissues, which means inserting a surgical stent. Your denturist will also want to check to see if relining and adjustments are needed because the gum tissue will change its shape during the healing process.

When your jaw bone has finished shrinking and the soft tissues are healed, your denturist replaces your temporary dentures with permanent ones. This will often take six months to complete. 

You may require multiple denture readjustments and relines because your mouth will change throughout the healing process.

Caring for and Cleaning Your Temporary Dentures

Once your teeth are removed, you will be fitted for the same-day dentures. It’s wise to follow your dentist’s advice thoroughly. This means keeping your dentures in for about 48 hours after surgery. Then, you can remove the denture base and clean it with warm water and a denture cleaner.

Why Choose Shreve Denture Clinic ?

Most people worry about losing their “normal teeth.” It can be scary, but it often happens. If you’ve gone an extended period without proper care and routine dental cleanings, you may find yourself needing a full-mouth extraction. Shreve Denture Clinic is an excellent choice because it offers many services, including denture implants, implant-supported dentures, partial and full dentures, and much more.

Contact our Denture Clinic

If you need extractions or dentures, Shreve Denture Clinic can help. Please schedule an appointment today!

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Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born.

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Shelly, our Office Manager, joined our team after graduating from the Medical Office Assisting program in 2022. She brings a tremendous amount of experience as she managed our local M&M Food Market for 22 years as well as holds a degree in Office Administration.

She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors, she keeps us all organized and is continually busy creating new and creative ways to improve our care for our patients.  She looks for ways through social media to inspire a welcome change to connect with our patients.

Shelly, who resides here in Leamington, is married to her long-time partner Joe and together they have four children and a feline companion, Noel.  Shelly enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in her backyard where her and her husband have created an outdoor oasis!

When asked what she loves most about working at Shreve Denture Clinic, Shelly stated that she appreciates that the denturists make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable visiting their office. Working at Shreve Denture Clinic has been life changing for her and she couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

Joanna Leong, R.D.T.

Laboratory Technician

Joanna started her career in dental technology at George Brown College. She found that the program combined her passion for arts and science, and still loves the work she does. She is the one person that you don’t usually see when you visit us here at Shreve Denture Clinic, but without her, you would never have the beautiful smile you deserve.

She’s been in the dental field for 23+ years, including owning her own lab and keeping up to date by attending many seminars throughout her career. We have had the pleasure of having Joanna on our team for the past two years.

Joanna is happily married to her husband, Carl and resides here in Leamington. She has a passion for baking, cooking and animals of any kind. Joanna is adored by her family kitten, Catrina and has a knack for building strong relationships with the neighborhood cats.

Joanna shows a lot of pride in her work and is extremely meticulous. She never lets one case go without paying attention to all the fine details. She works hard to ensure each patient that we treat is happy. When asked why she enjoys working here at Shreve Denture Clinic, Joanna states “I appreciate how Kristin and Claudia take their time with each patient to ensure each case is done properly, which allows me to complete my work to the high standards we strive for.

Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD


When Kristin was just a teenager contemplating her future, she wanted a career that would give her a challenge as well as the opportunity to work closely people. After attending high school in Chatham, Ontario Kristin decided to attend the Dental Assisting program at Fanshawe College. After receiving her certification from Fanshawe in 2003, Kristin then went on to specialize and attended the Denturism program at George Brown College, graduating in 2006.

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born. She has since expanded the practice and has hired three employees as well as an associate denturist. Kristin can also offer her patients expert advice for all their dental implant needs and is deeply passionate about bringing advanced yet affordable implant solutions to her patients. Between Kristin and her team, Shreve Denture Clinic now has a combined 85 years of dental experience.

Kristin and her husband Kris have been married for 9 years and they are proud parents of an adorable 1-year-old boy named Kerrigan and an energetic dog named Dexter. Kristin is an avid football fan and enjoys attending games and spending time travelling with her family.

Kristin strives to provide a positive experience for all of her patients and ensure they feel welcome and comfortable while in the dental chair. When asked what she loves most about working with her patients, she said “I love being able to give my patients back their confidence through their smile. It is such an amazing feeling when someone says that their life is better because of their dentures”.