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Dental Implants on Front Teeth

Monday, July 6, 2015

Restoring dental implants on front teeth can often be challenging.  The prosthodontists of Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, in Manalapan, are experts in these types of restorations.  The upper six front teeth in your mouth are referred to as the aesthetic zone.

These teeth, and often the gums surrounding them are visible when a person smiles. If one or more of these are out of proportion or out of alignment, the teeth will lack the cosmetic harmony that is the cornerstone of a beautiful smile.

While there are a number of factors that will cause the appearance of a tooth on top of an implant to look less than ideal, the angle and position of the underlying implant is more often than not the main problem.

The surgical placement of an implant must be done precisely with both cosmetics and bone strength in mind. If placed too close to an adjacent tooth or implant, or if placed too close to the front edge of the bone, the gums and bone may dissolve or recede. This causes cosmetic failures such as loss of the gum between the teeth, or exposure of the metal collar of the implant. Even if the remaining gum does not dissolve, the metal of the implant can still produce a visible dark shadow through it.

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