Q: I need some more teeth removed and implants placed. One is right in the front of my smile. I don’t want to go the whole summer without a tooth and I don’t want to have to use those bulky pink dentures with the metal clips other dentists have made for me. What else can I do? Miriam in Delray
Sounds like you are describing what we call in the tooth biz a “flipper”. Not the most appetizing of dental temporaries; not even if ordered with the house dressing. The fact is most implants cannot have any teeth attached to them until the bone- healing phase, called osseous integration, has past. This is usually 3 to four months.
Other options to discus with your doctor to provide temporary teeth during this time: 1. A bonded tooth pontic: a fake tooth is adhered to the sides of the adjacent natural teeth. 2. A cantilevered, two-unit acrylic temporary: removing an old adjacent crown and having a two-tooth temporary bridge cemented in place. 3: An Essex retainer: a clear bleaching tray, similar to an Invisalign retainer that has acrylic teeth embedded in it to fill your empty spaces. For great photos of the Essex retainer and free info, drop us an email or call us.
Note: Dr. Josephs’ FREE seminar on Hi-Tech Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry is available for your next meeting. His multi media presentation is perfect for country clubs, community centers, churches and synagogues, private groups, hospitals and healthcare facilities. Please contact 561-832-2917 to book your next event.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM123.0 Dr. Josephs is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.