Implant Dentistry - Front Teeth

In the "old days" of dental care, if you were to lose one tooth, your choices of replacement  were quite limited.  Now, with the possibilities available using implant therapy, your missing tooth can be replaced without you having to deal with extra, bulky hardware in your mouth, as well as not having to have any other teeth modified or crowned.

Before the introduction of implants, missing front teeth had to be replaced by either fixed bridgework cemented onto the teeth, or partial dentures;   which clip onto the teeth, and exert pressure on the gum tissues as well as trapping food particles.  For many people who are missing most of their front teeth, partial dentures were the only choice before the advent of implant technology.

When replacing front teeth, specially designed narrow implants can be placed, utilizing the same gentle surgical techniques.

Creating new, natural, front teeth for a person who has had an accident, or has been living with a partial denture or even a conventional bridge, is one of the most rewarding reconstructions that I have been priviledged to provide throughout the years of providing implant care.  To witness someone seeing his or her new smile for the first time is truly a wonderful experience.

Your final reconstruction gives you new, natural teeth that feel as solid as your own.

Implant care solves these problems by providing you with natural, fixed replacement teeth;  eliminating the need for a partial denture and sparing neighboring teeth from being "ground down" to receive bridge anchor crowns.   In the case of replacing a partial denture, you also eliminate the partial denture's plastic flange, which typically presses into the tissues underneath and inside the lip.  By the way, you do not need to place as many implants as there are teeth missing.  In many crown and bridge cases, you need only one implant for every 2 teeth. In fact, when supporting a denture, you may need as few as 2 for an entire jaw.

Once the implants have integrated (bonded) to your bone tissue, connectors, or "abutments" are attached to the implants, and your final bridgework is attached.

If you're interested in looking in to your possibilities for replacing your front teeth with implant supported crowns or bridgework, feel free to give us a call for your consultation.  If you need us to take X-Rays for you, we will take as few as possible in order to provide you with an informed recommendation for your implant care.

Also, with the use of precision designed "semi-rigid" connectors, implant supported crowns can be combined with conventional bridgework to take the strain off of anchor teeth, and to avoid "grinding down" adjacent unrestored teeth.

Single Tooth    Front Teeth     Back Teeth   Overdenture   Total Replacement

** Implant dentistry usually involves a professional team including your Prosthodontist, who plans and oversees the entire procedure, and an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist who puts the implant into your jawbone.

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