Temporary Teeth FAQ Guide
1. Why do patients need temporary teeth?
A temporary tooth may cover an implant or a natural tooth with a root canal, or a tooth that’s been repaired. It can be used for a single tooth or as a bridge over more than one implant. Some dental offices may have the computer capability and equipment to make a tooth in one day, but in most cases, it will take at least a week or two to create a permanent prosthesis. Temporary teeth are helpful in the following situations:
- Ensure that the natural tooth (or implant site) and gums are protected
- Ensure that you can smile normally without a gap
- Maintain the proper spacing between your teeth
- Help the dentist assess how the tooth will function
- Maintain the dental aesthetic
- Maintain the tooth’s function, so you can eat or speak normally
- Confirm that the tooth preparation is sufficient
- Prevent dentine hypersensitivity
2. Why do dentists need temporary teeth?
Robust dental lab receives many big dental cases every day. Some are digital scans, while some are physical impressions. However, many dentists are frustrated about their failure with big dental cases. As an experienced dental lab, Robust tells you why temporary bridges are important for big dental work.
3. What types of temporary teeth does Robust dental supply?
When you’re considering temporary solutions to cover or protect damaged or missing teeth, there are several options for you to consider. However, dentists often choose the 2 types of temporary teeth:
CADCAM PMMA temporary teeth
PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) temporary teeth are prosthetic teeth made from a durable acrylic material. They are specially designed on computer and milled out of PMMA acrylic blocks. PMMA temporary teeth are more expensive than acrylic temporary teeth, but they offer a good balance of strength and much better esthetics for temporary dental needs.
Acrylic temporary teeth
Acrylic temporary teeth are made from an acrylic resin material. They are similar to an acrylic partial (or acrylic full denture). Dental lab technicians first set up acrylic resin teeth (often premade with standard sizes), and then fix the teeth into an acrylic base. They are more cost-effective, but they are not as good looking as PMMA temporary teeth.
4. How to protect your temporary teeth？
Temporary teeth are very fragile. In order to extend the life of your temporary teeth, please follow the procedure below:
Avoid high and low temperatures
Hot and cold temperatures can cause tooth sensitivity. When you have temporary teeth, try to stick to warm or room temperature foods and drinks.
Use the other side of your mouth to chew
As an extra precaution, we advise patients to try chewing from the other side of the mouth where the teeth are. This is especially helpful in reducing discomfort and keeping the temporary teeth in place for the first few days.
Oral Hygiene with Temporary Teeth
It’s important for patients to brush their teeth at least three times a day and floss at least once a day when a temporary tooth in is place. It is ideal to brush and floss after every meal. Using an antibacterial mouthwash a few times a day is also a good idea. This all helps reduce the risk of infection and inflammation when the temporary tooth is in place.