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Temporary Dentures for Dental Implants

Points to consider for temporary removable prosthesis on implants:

Temporary dentures are used while waiting implant's osseointegration process. They are light and weak compearing to permenant porcelain crowns and will be placed approximately one week after the implementation.

Remove your prosthesis before going to bed, clean your mouth and sleep without prosthesis. If you have a few teeth left in your mouth, that cause pain on your palate, you can sleep with your prosthesis after consulting your physician.

If you are using prosthesis adhesive cream (eg. corega cream), you should clean the cream off the soft tissues in your mouth and the prosthesis on the implant  (brush with warm water) before going to sleep every night.

The incompatible and painful edges of the prosthesis can sometimes damage the implant and hurt your gums by pushing the gum in the implant surgical site. If you have pain, do not put on your prosthesis and visit our clinic without an appointment.

You have to re-learn to talk with your prosthesis. Starting from the first day, try to talk to a mirror or read a newspaper or a magazine in a loud voice. You will start speaking a lot better maximum in 2-4 weeks.

Your saliva flow can be more or less than normal. It will return to normal within 2-3 days.

Massage the point where your soft palate and uvula intersects several times for 2-3 days with your index finger. For the next 3 days, do the same massage with a soft toothbrush that has a very small amount of toothpaste. After these massages, put on your prosthesis after touching the tip of your tongue to salt for 1-2 days. You will see that your nausea will be minimized.

Every new substance that is put in your mouth (even a filling) will cause some disturbance for the soft tissues and tongue. In about a week, your tongue will get used to the new prosthesis. If there is a rough and jaggy edge / surface that hurts your tongue, try not to touch the area with your tongue and visit our clinic as soon as possible.

In some cases, the prostheses are attached to a natural teeth left in the mouth with a steel wire (clasp). This makes the prosthesis more stable. These clasps can be too tight and cause pain on that tooth. Some loosening of these clasps will solve the problem.

Local anesthesia that causes numbness is usually applied during root canal treatment. Because of this numbness, the patient may bite and damage his/her soft tissues such as tongue, lips and cheeks. Extremely cold-hot beverages should be avoided at the same time, which can damage soft tissues.

Nutrition for this type of implant-supported prosthesis differs according to the area of the implant, the size and type of the operation, and the strength of the bone. Therefore, there is no standard procedure for such prostheses. Your physician plans your nutrition particularly for you. Adherence to this nutrition plan is crucial for the success of implant treatment.

If your physician did not prepare a specific nutrition plan for you, eat only soft food in the first 1.5 months as the implant does not integrate with the jawbone. After first 1.5 months, you can step by step start eating semi solid food. After 3 months, you can easily eat semi solid food.

Soft food: all liquids, soup, yogurt, pasta, egg, rice, wet crumb, boiled vegetables, pudding, etc.

Semi solid food: All kinds of meat and vegetable meals cooked in water, tomato, soft apple, grilled chicken, peanuts, chocolate, etc.

Solid food: quince, green apple, white chickpeas, chocolate taken from the fridge, hard bread crust, well-cooked hard-fiber meat, etc.

Never eat or bite off with your front teeth. Stay away from sticky substances such as chewing gum and lokum. If you bite with your front teeth, the back side of the prosthesis gets up and breaks the balance of the prosthesis.

Prostheses should be removed and brushed twice a day with toothbrush and liquid soap. You can dissolve the prostheses cleaning tablets (eg. corega’s prostheses cleaning tablet) a few times a week in water and keep the prosthesis in this water as long as recommended by the producer. Toothpastes can scratch the prosthesis and lead to the accumulation of more bacteria on it.

It is important to clean the soft tissues of the mouth as well as the prosthesis. Brush the soft tissues in the mouth and if any, metal pieces on the implant twice a day with a very soft brush. You can also use mouthwashes (eg. listerine) twice a day for 1 minute. Using gargles with chlorhexidine for more than 2 weeks are not recommended because they cause coloring and taste disorder. Besides mouthwash, you can also clean the area by using your tongue especially during the first 1-2 weeks after the operation.

It is very useful to remove the prosthesis after each meal and clean it under water while gargling your mouth with water.