Getting Dental Implants? What To Know About Your Temporary Implant

Are you planning on having dental implants installed in your mouth? If so, it is likely that the dentist will have you wear a temporary implant for a length of time. Here is what you need to know about this step of the process.

When Are Temporary Implants Used?

While a temporary dental implant can be used in any situation, it is more common when people have a lot of teeth replaced with dental implants. This includes having the whole upper or lower jaw replaced, or a large number of teeth all in a row. While you can get a temporary implant for a single rear molar, it may not be necessary to have one. Your dentist will let you know if a temporary implant will be best for your situation. 

How Quickly Are Temporary Implants Installed?

If you do get temporary implants, know that you will get them very fast. Your dentist may have it ready to go the same day that the titanium posts are placed into your jawbone, or the very next day after the temporary implants have been made. This means that you do not have to go very long with a noticeable gap between your teeth.

How Do Temporary Implants Look And Perform?

Temporary dental implants are not going to be the final ones that are placed in your mouth, so there are some problems with them. Many people say the temporary teeth feel more bulky than the final implants in terms of size. The may not have the right kind of bite, may not look as real, and can be off in color. Thankfully, all of these problems will be fixed when your final implant is ready. 

Are There Benefits to Using Temporary Implants?

Consider a temporary implant a test phase that will help your dentist make changes to your final implant. For example, they'll be able to evaluate how your bite is aligning with the temporary implants and make adjustments to how your final implant is shaped. Your dentist will even be able to tell if the contours of the teeth are correct and if it is easy to clean around them. There is no need to rush to receive the final implant when there is a lot of input that can go into creating them by using temporary dental implants.

Reach out to your dentist for more information about this restorative dentistry process.