No Teeth While Waiting for Implants? Here's What You Can Do

Having to wait several months for dental implants can be a difficult process, especially if you're left without any teeth in the cavity. To help you maintain a full smile during this time, your dentist may recommend a temporary solution. Bridges and dentures are two of the most common options for covering the spaces between your teeth while you wait for the implant process to complete. Getting a temporary denture is a relatively simple process and can give you the confidence you need while you wait for permanent implants.

Dentists currently have several options to help cover missing teeth while you wait to complete the dental implant process. If the tooth to be installed is in the front of the mouth, some choose to use a temporary tooth to cover the space. Options for this include dental fins, which are like temporary dentures with a false tooth attached, or retainers that cover all the teeth and hide the space. A temporary crown can also be placed at the base while you wait for the permanent implant.

Your dentist will give specific instructions on what to eat or drink until then. If the tooth is farther back or there is a long stretch of missing teeth, a “fin” can be made. This is basically like an orthodontic retainer with one or more teeth and is removable. However, it's important to take it off at night and not chew hard food with it, as it can break.

At Chandler Ranch Dental, we understand how difficult it can be to move around without teeth in your mouth during this process. That's why we strive to get your teeth done quickly and correctly so that you don't have to worry about gaps in your smile or embarrassment. If you're considering using dental implants for your missing teeth, please don't hesitate to contact us today. We can help you with the entire process and make sure that you don't have to go without teeth at any time during the procedure.

We also offer immediate dentures and temporary implants while you wait for healing and implant placement.