Dental implants are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth, offering a permanent and natural-looking option for patients. However, the outcome of the implant treatment depends not only on the careful and meticulous placement of the dental implant itself but also on the surrounding soft tissue. That’s why using a provisional restoration after a dental implant has osseointegrated (fused) or at times, immediately after placing a dental implant, is important for achieving optimal soft tissue esthetics.
What is a provisional restoration?
A provisional restoration is a temporary crown or bridge that is placed over the dental implant either after immediately placing the dental implant, or after it has osseointegrated (fused) in the jawbone. Your periodontist will discuss with you the best and moat predictable time to place and use a provisional restoration. The provisional restoration serves several important purposes in the implant treatment process and should not be overlooked.
Why is a provisional restoration important for soft tissue esthetics?
Shaping and molding the surrounding gums: The provisional restoration is used to shape and mold the surrounding gums and soft tissues, creating a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. This allows the periodontist and the dentist to fine-tune the final shape of the gums and ensure that the implant will blend in seamlessly with the patient’s smile.
Monitoring soft tissue healing: The provisional restoration helps to monitor the healing process of the soft tissues, allowing the periodontist and the dentist to make any necessary adjustments before the final restoration is placed. This helps to prevent the need for additional surgeries or adjustments, ensuring a more successful outcome for the patient.
Improving patient satisfaction: Provisional restorations help patients to get a sense of what their final restoration will look like and feel like, allowing them to provide feedback and make any necessary changes before the final restoration is placed. This helps to improve patient satisfaction with the final outcome.
In conclusion, the use of a provisional restoration after a dental implant has been placed, is a crucial step in achieving optimal soft tissue esthetics. It allows the periodontist and the dentist to shape and mold the surrounding gums and soft tissues, monitor the healing process, and improve patient satisfaction with the final outcome. If you are considering dental implants, be sure to discuss the use of a provisional restoration with your periodontist and dentist to ensure a successful and aesthetically pleasing result.Talk to US About an Appointment