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I need a dental implant. My dentist says that I will have to wait six months for the titanium to fuse with the bone before the crown can be placed.
I can understand that, but he also says that there can not be a temporary crown of any kind, and I will necessarily continue to have a highly visible gap in my smile at that location for the entire six month duration, because any temporary tooth substitute attached there would disrupt the process of fusing the implant to the bone..
Is this really the normal "standard of care"? Or is he being unnecessarily over-cautious?
If you have had dental implant surgery, or have discused it with your dentist, I would love to hear from you as to whether this is a universal practice, or whether there is some (possibly standardized) way to avoid presenting such a gap to the world.
If you had an implant, were you provided with any means of not presenting such a gap to everyone you met? If so, did such means have any negative impact on your treatment?
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