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Best Options For Temporary Tooth Replacement

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Emergencies are a major inconvenience by their very nature. When your front teeth break at the worst possible time, what do you do? If you’re really in a pinch, the best approach to replace a missing tooth is to have a dental implant.

The best option will be to consult with a dentist if you have the means to do so. This choice, however, does not always exist. Meanwhile, you can try some do-it-yourself solutions to help you look decent until you can see a dentist for a more permanent solution to your tooth loss. 

This article discusses many alternatives to missing teeth while you wait to see a dentist.

What Are the Most Effective Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth Temporarily?

We’ll start with some home cures you can find in a store. Then we’ll move on to the services provided by a dentist. Concurrently, the remedies will evolve from extremely short-term fixes to longer-term treatments that let you carry on with your life while seeking a more permanent resolution.

Orthodontic Wax

If you’re missing a tooth and don’t have time to get to the dentist, you might head to the nearest medicine store. Orthodontic wax can probably be found there. White orthodontic wax can be molded to replace the space left by a missing tooth temporarily, but this solution is not long-term.

Sticky orthodontic wax will also stick to the teeth around it. Shapes can be fine-tuned with a toothpick, or wooden skewer once roughed out. This is a temporary solution, as it can easily be distorted or damaged by temperature fluctuations brought on by eating or drinking.

Temporary Tooth Replacement Kits

Emergency tooth replacement kits, such as Temptooth and Smile Renewal, are another alternative for replacing missing front teeth. These kits, available at your local drugstore or supermarket, feature thermoplastic beads that may be reshaped by immersing them in hot water. The beads can then be molded into a solid form using only your fingers. The malleable bulk can be reshaped into a tooth-like shape that fits the gap.

Using the thermoplastic qualities of the material, the artificial tooth can be shaped to meet the curve of the neighboring teeth, securing it in place momentarily.

OTC Temporary Dentures

Veneers are thin porcelain or ceramic shells bonded to your teeth using heat and pressure. Veneer strips mask both the teeth and any gaps between them. The do-it-yourself denture may be easily snapped into position over the teeth thanks to the self-setting thermoplastic substance.

Dentures made from this thermoplastic material can be removed and reinserted without having to re-adjust the adhesive to fit your teeth each time. Veneers can be trimmed, smoothed, and otherwise tailored to your arch with the help of the scissors and file included in most kits.

Flipper Partial

If you’re missing just one front tooth, you can get by with a removable flipper until you can get a permanent replacement. Dentists and denturists take molds of patients’ mouths to create replacement teeth. Without denture adhesive, your natural teeth are anchors for a denture base that holds a replacement tooth. The dentist can choose a denture tooth that looks natural while filling the full space left by the lost tooth, making this a better short-term solution than OTC products.

While the flipper may prevent you from enjoying foods like tough meats and corn on the cob, it will let you avoid the embarrassment of having a missing tooth while still enjoying your social life.

Partial Denture

A partial denture is a removable replacement for one or more natural teeth extracted from the same dental arch. Partial dentures can be customized to blend in with your natural smile, and most use clasps that secure your natural teeth for stability.

To create a custom partial denture for you, your denturist will need to take impressions of your mouth. A dental laboratory needs time to construct a new partial denture. It’s feasible to get a same-day partial at a denture clinic with its laboratory.

Immediate Denture

If you have numerous missing or broken teeth and your remaining teeth aren’t strong enough to support a partial denture, your dentist may recommend extracting them immediately so you can have a complete denture. Immediately following a tooth extraction, an instant denture can restore your smile. This is not a permanent solution for missing teeth. The temporary denture will become loose and uncomfortable as the gums and underlying bone recede and shrink. In most cases, a new denture should replace the immediate denture between 8 and 12 months after it has been implanted. Going this route, you can put off getting a permanent tooth replacement for a while.

Bottom Line

Products for temporary tooth replacement that are available over-the-counter can save your life. However, they are never a long-term fix. The compassionate staff at Cain Denture Centers can solve your urgent dental issue and get you back to your busy life with both temporary and long-term restorative options. Why try to solve the problem on your own? Cain Denture Centers will have you smiling again, frequently on the same day as your appointment, thanks to the on-site laboratory in our clinic.

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