Your restorative dentist begins making your prosthesis when your gums have healed around the abutments, usually two to four weeks after surgery. Several visits may be spent analyzing the new structure of your mouth. Then, it may take several more weeks or months to create the prosthesis.

- Forming Your Prosthesis
- Fitting Your Prosthesis
- When to Call Your Restorative Dentist



Forming Your Prosthesis

First, your restorative dentist makes impressions (molds of your teeth, abutments, and jaws) and bite registrations (imprints of how your teeth fit together). Then, these moulds are used by a dental laboratory to create a model of your mouth. Your new prosthesis will be built from this model.



Fitting Your Prosthesis

The Prosthesis in Place
The prosthesis is attached to the abutment with a screw or cemented into place.


  

You'll have several "trial fits" before the prosthesis is finally attached to the abutments. With a fixed prosthesis, this fitting process may take a little longer. Once the prosthesis is in your mouth, the restorative dentist makes any final adjustments necessary to provide you with a pain-free, stable bite. You may be told to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods for a few weeks after your prosthesis is in place.



When to Call Your Restorative Dentist

Call your restorative dentist if you have any of these signs:

- You have pain in your jaws
- Your bite feels wrong
- The implant feels loose
- The prosthesis feels loose, chips, or breaks