The last place you want to have missing teeth is in your smile line. Not only is it easily noticeable, but it also makes it harder to bite into food and speak clearly. Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth, but how effective are they when the absence is in the front? To find out if an implant will still work, continue reading.
How Dental Implants Function
Dental implant insertion is not the only way of replacing missing teeth. However, no other procedure replaces the entire structure from the root to the crown. A marriage of three main components contributes to dental implant placement having a 95% success rate and, in most cases, lasting 30 years or more:
- Implant body – A titanium rod that is surgically inserted into the underlying jawbone
- Abutment – Another titanium fixture that is added to the implant to allow the final restoration to be securely attached
- Final Restoration – A porcelain bridge or denture that is permanently affixed to a single or series of implant abutments
One of the unique features of dental implant insertion is that it’s fully customizable. Thus, it can be used in almost any situation.
Replacing Your Front Teeth with Dental Implants
You can count on dental implants to successfully replace any number of missing teeth in your smile line. However, there are some prerequisites that must be met.
For starters, you must have excellent gum health. That means any acute oral bacteria growth will need to be addressed before you’re eligible to receive an implant. Your dentist will also assess your jawbone density before moving forward with the procedure. That’s because for the implant to seat properly, it’s critical that you have enough healthy bone for it to fuse with.
What Happens if You Have Diminished Bone Mass?
The typical cause for reduced bone density is prolonged tooth loss. In times past, a bone grafting procedure would be required to build up the underlying bone before an implant could be placed. Mini dental implants now provide an innovative new alternative for such situations.
However, when there is tooth loss in the front, a mini implant may not be the best choice, especially when replacing a lower incisor, as there is a greater chance of the fixture bending or breaking.
An ultimate determination will be made when you visit your implant dentist for an initial examination. The most important takeaway is that a dental implant can definitely be used to replace any number of your missing front teeth. With a plan created just for you and expert care from a skilled dentist, a fully functional and attractive smile is just around the corner!
About the Author
Dr. L. King Scott earned his dental degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. A consummate learner, he has taken thousands of hours of continuing education, which includes training at the prestigious Dawson’s Center for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. King Scott replaces missing teeth with dental implants at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information through his website.