For Dental Implants, How Long Should A Temporary Prosthesis Be Worn?

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Dental Implants in Houston, TX are a gold standard tooth replacement option because they restore the look, function, and health of people’s smiles. The parts that compose a dental implant are what makes them such a restorative tooth replacement option. A dental implant is composed of a dental implant post, an abutment, and a prosthesis (tooth crown).

Before the final prosthesis is attached to dental implants, many patients will first have a temporary prosthesis. But how long should a temporary prosthesis be worn before it is replaced by a final prosthesis? Continue reading to learn more about how long a temporary prosthesis should be worn by dental implant patient, until a final prosthesis can replace it.

How Long A Temporary Prosthesis Is Normally Attached To Dental Implants In Houston, TX

The amount of time a temporary prosthesis can be worn varies significantly from one dental implant patient to another, depending on how long it takes for their bodies to properly heal. In general, the temporary prosthesis is attached to dental implants for a period of two to six months.

This two-to-six-month healing period allows the dental implant post, the part of the dental implant that is made to act like a natural tooth root, to fully integrate (osseointegrate) with the patient’s jawbone. Osseointegration, is crucial for the stability and longevity of the dental implant in the patient’s jawbone. It also gives the surgical site of the dental implant surgery plenty of time to heal.

The temporary prosthesis even gives dental implant patients a beautiful and functional smile while they wait for their mouth to heal. Following the healing and fusing period, the temporary prosthesis is replaced with the final, custom-designed prosthesis. Specifically, the color, shape, and size of the final prosthesis is precisely designed to give the dental implant patient a beautiful and natural looking new smile.

With the final prosthesis securely attached and bonded to the dental implants, the patient will be able to eat all the foods they want, speak clearly, and smile confidently.

Come To Our Office So We Can Restore Your Smile With A Temporary Prosthesis For Your Dental Implants In Houston, TX

When you get treated with dental implants at our state-of-the-art office, you can be given a quality temporary prosthesis to wear while you wait for your mouth to heal and your dental implant posts to fuse with your jawbone.

Don’t wait to improve your smile with us.  Get in contact with our doctors, Dr. Nicholas Pigneri and our exceptional team at our office to schedule an appointment today!

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