Dental Implants for Front Teeth

Loss of a front tooth, whether due to an accident or decay, can be a very traumatic experience for a person. A dental implant is a great treatment option for replacement. However the front teeth and the surrounding smile zone present unique challenges that make therapy in this area among the most difficult to do. It requires the most expertise in both diagnostic and technical protocols. There are the 5 key principles every patient should know about how to achieve great results with dental implants in the smile zone.

Dental Implants for Back Teeth

The molars and premolars make up the back or posterior teeth of the mouth and they are responsible for grinding and processing food during chewing. They support the major forces of biting and chewing.

Why Replace the Back Teeth?

  • Maintain proper bite and teeth for chewing
  • Prevent shifting of adjacent and opposing teeth
  • Prevent excessive forces to the front teeth that can cause them to develop fractures or periodontal disease
  • Aesthetics

Number of Implants for Replacing Back Teeth:

The best treatment approach is to replace each missing tooth with an implant. If multiple teeth are missing adjacent to each other, it is best place one implant per missing tooth for support of a single crown. Bridges (several teeth supported by fewer implants) are not routinely recommended.

Key to Implant Success in the Back Teeth:

  • One implant per missing tooth.
  • Use widest and tallest implant as possible.
  • Immediate restorations to be done with great caution. It is best to allow them to integrate and heal before restorations.
  • Avoid short implants.
  • Avoid bridges (for example, placing two implants for support of four adjacent missing teeth)
  • Proper restorations with excellent fit and bite harmony (proper occlusion)

Treatment Stages

Treatment stages and time can vary between various individuals and implant sites. Following your examination, Dr. Kazemi and your restorative dentist will present a detailed treatment plan with appropriate stages and timelines. Some modifications may be necessary during the treatment.

Treatment Options and Design

Treatment options and designs for your new teeth are customized specifically based on your needs, goals, existing dental condition, and the best long-term prognosis. This requires evaluation by a surgeon and your restorative dentist and close collaboration to design a customized treatment plan.