Well, I have finally gotten around to getting these pictures up! I apologize in advance, photography is not my forte.
Here are my temporary dentures next to my permanent dentures:
I received my temporary set on December 15, 2010. Impressions were taken 1 week prior while all of my natural teeth were still in tact. That impression was used to make my temporary dentures. After all of my teeth were extracted, they immediately put my temporary set in; hence, the name “immediate dentures”.
I was able to help select the color and size/shape of the teeth beforehand. The color looks far more yellow than they did upon first receiving them, probably due to coffee drinking. When I soak them in Stain Away, the stains go……away lol.
I was not able to see what I would look like with my temporary dentures prior to tooth extraction, for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, they ended up looking really nice!
Surgical removal of my teeth, alveoplasty, and the dentures ended up costing around $4150.
When I first received my temporary set, they looked and felt HUGE! This was due to a massive amount of swelling from extractions. As my gums shrank, the dentures became loose.
You will notice a chalky like appearance to my temporary dentures. This is dried up reline material. As your gums shrink, your dentures will become loose, causing sore spots and difficulty eating and/or speaking. Around two weeks I had my first reline. This is where they put a “goopy-like” material in your denture and have you bite down. As the material cures, it molds to your gums, giving your denture a snug fit. This material does not come out and can be brushed and soaked as you would your bare dentures. Over the course of time, you will probably need several relines. This is because your gums will do most of their shrinking during the first nine months to a year after tooth extraction. Since you will need multiple relines during that year, your denture may take on a bulky feeling/appearance. At the end of that year, your temporary set will most likely not fit in the same manner it fit initially. This is when you get your permanent dentures.
Notice how bulky my temporary dentures are in comparison to the permanent set? This demonstrates how my gums have changed since having my teeth extracted.
When you begin the process of getting your permanent dentures, your gums have shrunken (probably significantly) and somewhat stabilized, making it easier to achieve a proper fitting denture.
(some people have the teeth from their temporary set rebased in new acrylic, while some get a “hard reline” and avoid getting a completely new set of dentures)
Now for the difference between my temps and perms. For one, you will notice the the gums are molded around the teeth much better. They look more “realistic”. Next, you will notice the difference in color. I honestly can’t remember if my temps were A1 or B1 on the shade guide, but they were the whitest of the “natural white” shades. My perms are P4, which is the second to last brightest in the portrait shades……or, bleached shades. One thing you will not notice, but I definitely did) is that the permanent teeth are far sharper than the teeth on my temporary set, making chewing that much easier. They feel more defined, whereas, the teeth on my temps were more rounded and dull, especially the molars.
My permanent set cost around $2200. I go into great detail about the process of getting my perms HERE.
Feel free to ask any questions!