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I recently had an upper jaw implant(I think it's 22) and the tooth next to the implant(I think it's 23) is intact but loose. My dentist says he can't install a bridge until the implant heals and a crown is installed. He says I either have to eat carefully or put a plate in place. Is there some way to tie the loose tooth to the adjoining tooth until he can install a fixed bridge(about 4-6 months later)? Is there another tempoary solution? I know that sooner or later the loose tooth will come out and I'llo have a two tooth gap for up to 4-6 months.

Dear Leonard,

I don't understand why the loose tooth was not addressed at the time the implant was planned.  Was the tooth loose then?  

My bet is that it probably should have been removed at the time the implant was placed, and another implant placed in its socket.

Not knowing your mouth, I can't say for sure.  But my choice would be to make an impression of your upper teeth.  Then have a temporary plate made to replace all the missing and soon-to-be-missing upper teeth, and wear it while everything heals.  By that time, you will have gotten used to chewing with and looking at some teeth instead of spaces and loose teeth.  Then, when the implants are ready, place the bridgework that will work and look great.

Just my thoughts without knowing you.


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Howard Finnk, D.D.S., P.A., CEO


I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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