Do I really need a flipper?

I’m getting a dental implant. It is going to take some time for the area to heal and my dentist says I need to wear a dental flipper in that spot.  I don’t really want to. Is it necessary?

Bruce C.- Wisconsin

Bruce,

Yes, some type of temporary replacement is necessary when you’re getting dental implants. Otherwise the teeth adjacent to the implant placement can tip into the space and throw off your bite.

This is part of our bodies natural way of handling spaces. The moment there are spaces our teeth begin shifting so that your teeth have something touching them on the sides. The movement is slow, but it begins immediately. That is why it is so important to get a temporary  tooth replacement placed.

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