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A replacement tooth/teeth on a retainer will be needed during implant treatment.

This acts as a temporary tooth, which may be needed for several months depending on the course of healing of the implant.

  • The retainer prevents possible tooth movement.
  • Please remember you must wear this for your 3D (CBCT) scan.
  • Cosmetically, it will replace the tooth while you wait for your final treatment restoration.

How long should I wear the appliance?

Essix retainers should be worn for a minimum of 12 hours a day. Apart from eating and brushing your teeth, you should wear the retainer as instructed by your dentist.

How do I take care of my appliance?

Cleanliness of the retainer is essential. You can clean with a toothbrush with COLD water (DO NOT use hot/boiling water as this will distort the retainer and need to be replaced at a charge). You can also immerse the appliance in a cleaning solution such as ‘Retainer Brite’ for a few minutes.

You must keep your appliances safe whilst not wearing them to avoid breakages (in a hard case, which you can purchase from our reception). Breakages of your appliance may result in the movement of your teeth. Therefore, you must contact your surgeon ASAP should you break or lose your retainer.

Can I eat normally?

Yes, but you must avoid foods with high sugar content, acidic drinks and fizzy drinks.

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