When getting dental implants , healing caps are sometimes placed. People who don’t get healing caps sometimes worry that they aren’t getting them, but don’t worry: healing caps are not always used.

What Healing Caps Do

Healing caps can be important to your dental implant procedure. The primary job of healing caps is to help manage soft tissue around the dental implant to ensure an attractive result. Your gums will heal after the dental implant is placed, and we want to make sure they heal in the proper shape to achieve attractive results. The healing cap provides a framework for the gums to heal around, just the way they would grow around your natural tooth.

Your healing caps also protect your dental implants from occlusal pressure. Occlusion is when your opposing teeth come together. your implant might not be ready to deal with pressure from an opposing tooth when it is first placed by an implant dentist. If that’s the case, a healing cap can help us contour your gums without suffering the full pressure of meeting up with another tooth.

The healing cap also creates a seal with your gum tissue to protect your dental implant from contamination with oral bacteria or food that can lead to infection.

Because of its importance, if you do have healing caps placed, you need to let us know if they happen to come loose. This happens sometimes, and it isn’t a problem if we quickly get it put back in place again.

Healing caps are useful, but not critical for dental implants.

Why You Might Not Get Healing Caps

But not everyone gets healing caps with their dental implants. You may not get healing caps if your dental implant is very stable or very unstable.

With stable implants, you may be eligible to get your dental crowns or implant dentures placed immediately. These may be temporary restorations, but they will cause some pressure on implants. With relatively stable implants, this is good, as it can encourage healing. Gum tissue will heal around your restoration in the way it might around a healing cap.

But if your implants are loose, we might not want to risk healing caps. With healing caps, your dental implant will still get some incidental pressure from food, your tongue, and other things in your mouth, so if we’re really concerned about your implant, we will leave it covered under your gums. In this case, we may put a healing cap on later to help condition your gums.

Do you have more questions about implant dentistry in Orange County? Please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment with an implant dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.