Create a temporary crown to cover the abutment...
(Milford, MA USA)
In Oct of 2010, I had oral surgery to remove my last lower molar on my left side and also had a bone graft. On May 21st, 2012 I had a short implant installed to replace that molar. Since the surgery and bone graft in 2010, the facing top molar had dropped slightly.
Yesterday, I had my abutment installed. The dentist made adjustments to the height of the abutment due to the top molar drop, I think using a file type instrument, leaving the abutment with a rather sharp edge. The bottom of my tongue is sore now from scraping against the abutment. While I was in the office yesterday, I asked the dental assistant if the dentist would create a temporary crown while the lab was creating the permanent crown. She said that they don't normally make temporary crowns while the lab is creating the crown for the implant. It will be over a week until I return for my crown installation.
Is this a normal process to adjust the height of the abutment in this manner and not create a temporary crown? Can the dentist create a temporary crown to cover the abutment so that my tongue does not scrape against the abutment?
I have been happy with this dentist's work in creating a crown for me, which was done earlier in May 2012 on the molar in front of the implant, and covered by insurance. The implant and crown were a promotion and not covered by insurance.
Please advise ASAP.