Temporary Tooth While Waiting For A Dental Implant

dental hygienist explains to patient


Are you interested in a dental implant? Curious about what to do while you wait for the implant to heal so the artificial tooth can be put into place? We have answers! There are several options available to use while you wait for your gum to heal over the screw that was placed in your jaw to receive the implant. If you have questions about how dental implants work or if you could be a good candidate, speak to a member of our team. One of our expert team members at Lane and Associates Family Dentistry can explain the process of dental implants, and walk you through your options. Call us at 1-877-LANE-DDS or request an appointment here online to meet with one a dentist in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, or around the Triangle and central NC. For additional info about temporary teeth and dental implants, read on!


Can I get a temporary tooth while waiting for a dental implant?

The process of receiving a dental implant is a two step process, and typically requires two procedures. During the first procedure, our oral surgeon drills a small hole into the jawbone. They insert the base of the implant into this hole, and then cover it with the gum and allow it to heal. There is then a period where the patient waits for this area to heal before proceeding with the second surgery. During this second surgery the oral surgeon fits the connector onto the base of the implant, and then attaches the crown to the connector. For a handy diagram of the process, check out this tooth wisdom article. After this second surgery, you get to enjoy your new dental implant that looks exactly like a natural tooth!

Many people want to know about their options for a temporary tooth between these two procedures, while they wait to receive their dental implant. If the tooth being installed is in the back of the mouth, it is not as much of a concern as few can see the area. However, if the implant is going in the front of the mouth, some choose to use a temporary tooth to cover the gap. There are several options available for this. You can go with a dental flipper, which is kind of like a temporary denture that has a false tooth attached to it. Another option is a retainer to cover all of your teeth that will hide the gap. The best thing to do is speak with a dentist about which option is best for your specific situation, but there are options available, such as a temporary crown. In this situation a temporary crown is placed on the base and our dentist gives specific instructions about what to eat or drink until the permanent implant is put in.


Speak to one of our expert dentists about your dental implant options

If you have questions about dental implants and your options, we are here to help. Call us at 1-877-LANE-DDS and speak to a member of our team to get your questions answered. You can also schedule an appointment here online to meet with one of our dentists and talk in detail about whether dental implants may be a good fit for you. We look forward to making you smile!