A member asked:

Hi, how long after getting braces put on and baby teeth extracted can a "fake" tooth or "flipper" be put on the wire?

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Dr. Donovan Young answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Following an exam: following a clinical exam and treatment plan; most likely after your dentist takes an impression of your mouth in two weeks.

Answered 7/15/2015

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Soon: As long as there is sufficient room for the replacement tooth it should be able to be put on right away. Talk to your orthodontist . Sometimes they may want the tissue from the extraction to heal first. Unless great tooth movement is planned, I would prefer the tissue to form around the base of the tooth, to preserve the interdental papilla ( pointed gum tissue between teeth). Good Luck.

Answered 7/15/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Immediately: Your orthodontist can attache a fake tooth onto your wire to help conceal the fact that you are missing a tooth. Can be done right away.

Answered 7/19/2015

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Dr. Ronald Hsu answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Ask your orthodontis: Since you are currently in braces and are under the care of an orthodontist, he/she would be the best person to ask this question. In your case it might not be a matter of how soon/how long, but if it is appropriate and when is it most appropriate. Anything we say here would be insufficient compared with your current treating orthodontist's opinion.

Answered 10/27/2016

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Dr. Justin Nelson answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Asap: you can have it done at anytime. Sooner the better if you are trying to keep the place open for future options (implants etc)

Answered 3/1/2016

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