Front tooth implant looks just like a real tooth as it is designed to emerge from your gum like a natural tooth. Consequently, it is very hard to tell that it isn’t your original tooth, although it may look slightly better than the real thing and especially when replacing teeth that are decayed or infected.
At LuxDen dental implant center in Brooklyn front tooth implant treatment is preplanned, the actual surgery for placing a front tooth implant is very quick. Dr. Umanoff will place temporary tooth on the same day and prescribe antibiotics if required. Once healing is complete, your new permanent front tooth is made and fitted.
Front Tooth Implant
A beautiful smile relies on having nicely aligned and healthy front teeth, but unfortunately, front tooth loss is very common. Front teeth are vulnerable to injuries that can occur during sporting activities or from some other form of trauma.
They can also require extraction because of significant infection or decay, or when teeth are affected by advanced periodontal disease. Sometimes front teeth are congenitally missing, meaning they didn’t develop with the rest of your natural teeth in the jawbone.
Losing a front tooth can be devastating as its loss is impossible to hide whenever you talk or smile.
Consequently, people who have lost a front tooth often suffer a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.
While it is possible to receive a dental bridge or a one-tooth denture, these are far from ideal solutions. An implant front tooth is a predictable treatment that, with the proper planning and care, can provide an excellent long-term outcome for patients facing this unpleasant situation.
Why Choose a Dental Implant Front Tooth?
The alternative to a front tooth implant is either a one tooth denture, which is called a flipper and is only a temporary solution or a dental bridge. A dental flipper is a single denture tooth attached to an acrylic plate and which is removable.
Although it does hide the gap, it isn’t suitable for biting food easily as it lacks enough strength. A dental flipper can move around easily and is a very basic prosthesis, which is why it is generally used temporarily, sometimes while preparing for a front tooth dental implant.
A dental bridge is a more permanent solution but requires substantial reshaping of the teeth adjacent to the gap.
These teeth must be ground down and shaped so they can be covered with dental crowns without looking and feeling too bulky and unnatural. The crowns support the replacement tooth, called a pontic, and which rests directly on the gums. Although a well-designed bridge is aesthetically pleasing and restores adequate biting strength, it is undesirable to reshape teeth that may be perfectly healthy and strong. Removing any healthy tooth structure increases the risk of infection and decay in these teeth in the future.
A single dental implant is the most desirable solution because it doesn’t interfere with adjacent teeth and instead protects them, ensuring they cannot move out of place toward the gap, and sharing the stresses created when you bite into food.
The implant post also protects your jawbone, preventing the bone loss that is inevitable when a natural tooth root is removed. Lastly, a front tooth implant looks just like a real tooth as it is designed to emerge from your gum like a natural tooth. Consequently, it is very hard to tell that it isn’t your original tooth, although it may look slightly better than the real thing and especially when replacing teeth that are decayed or infected.
Who is Suitable for a Front Tooth Dental Implant?
Front tooth implants are suitable for most patients, although your teeth and jaws must have finished growing and developing. Children who lose adult front teeth because of trauma or who have congenitally missing teeth will need to wait until age eighteen or slightly older.
Dental implant dentist in Brooklyn Dr. Leonard Umanoff will need to examine their teeth and jaws very closely to ensure growth is complete before placing a dental implant.
In the meantime, they will receive a temporary prosthesis until they are ready for dental implants. Otherwise, adult patients wishing to have a single tooth implant must be in reasonable dental and medical health. You shouldn’t have any signs of active periodontal disease or other dental problems.
What is the Procedure for a Front Tooth Implant?
Dr. Umanoff always evaluates patients very carefully for suitability and will review your dental and medical history with you and will need details of any medications used, in case these could negatively impact the treatment. He can discuss treatment with you more fully and provide an estimate of a front implant tooth cost. You will receive a proper quote following diagnostic tests as factors like removing a failing tooth, or bone grafting can affect the final cost.
You will need a cone beam CT scan, which generates a detailed 3-D image of your teeth and jaws. Also, Dr. Umanoff might wish to take a panoramic 2-D x-ray to assess your general dental health more closely. These diagnostic tests are used to examine the quantity and quality of your jawbone more closely and to make sure it is suitable for a dental implant. Dr. Umanoff might also take photos or dental impressions to create your custom treatment plan.
Planning Implant Surgery
The information generated during your diagnostic tests is used to computer plan your surgery, step by step. Dr. Umanoff will decide on the best implant system and where to situate the implant, including the depth and angulation of the implant post. The digital images will also show how your new implant tooth will look once fully restored, a vital part of the procedure since it’s necessary to ensure excellent aesthetics and functionality.
If you need a tooth removed, sometimes it’s possible to do this during implant surgery, immediately replacing it with the implant post.
Also, if bone grafting is required, it’s often possible to place a small amount of bone graft material at the same time as a dental implant. All these details are discussed with you so you fully understand what will happen during implant surgery. Once the implant plan is complete, we create a surgical stent for use during implantation. The stent is a surgical guide or template placed over the gum during surgery.
Placing a Front Tooth Dental Implant
Usually, the procedure to place a front tooth implant takes an hour or less and can become to be completed using local anesthetic. Preplanning surgery ensures the procedure is quick and smooth, so healing is faster and more comfortable.
Sometimes a front tooth implant is left to heal, or a special healing cap is placed to shape the tissue around the implant. Other times, an implant tooth may be fitted soon after surgery. Whichever option you choose, you needn’t worry as we can provide temporary teeth when restoring your front teeth.
Fitting Your Implant Tooth
If you need a temporary prosthesis, we might fit a temporary dental bridge or dental flipper that ensures the implant can be left undisturbed while it heals and integrates with the surrounding bone. When an implant tooth is fitted soon after surgery, it is usually a temporary tooth and is specifically designed for cosmetic purposes only.
You won’t be able to bite on this tooth, but it will restore your appearance during the healing period. Once healing is complete, your permanent tooth is fitted onto the dental implant and is handcrafted to provide excellent aesthetics and functionality.
What to Expect after Front Tooth Implant Surgery?
Because the surgery is so quick and relatively non-invasive, you should be able to return to everyday activities soon afterward and certainly by the next day. Any discomfort should be minor and easily controllable with over-the-counter painkillers. Many people feel no discomfort whatsoever after receiving a single tooth implant.
We will give you precise instructions on how to care for the implant during healing and may recommend you use an antimicrobial mouthwash for a week or longer.
Dr. Umanoff will also prescribe antibiotics if required. An implant tooth must remain undisturbed during healing, so we will also discuss suitable foods to eat during this period.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Front Tooth Implant?
Advantages of a front tooth implant include:
- Receiving a natural-looking restoration that is fully functional.
- Front tooth implants are easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed normally.
- A front tooth implant protects and preserves adjacent teeth.
- It is a cost-effective solution and especially in the longer term, when it is cheaper than a three-tooth bridge.
- Implant surgery for a single tooth is quick and relatively comfortable.
- Treatment is predictable and long-lasting.
Disadvantages of a front tooth implant include:
- The initial cost may be higher than other tooth loss solutions.
- People with severely decayed adjacent teeth may benefit from a dental bridge that will protect and preserve these teeth.
Front tooth implant surgery is quick and relatively comfortable and can provide a long-term solution for front tooth loss.
Single dental implants are very easy to care for, but it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and to floss once-a-day. While dental implants may be inert, they are surrounded by living tissue that can become infected.
Do you have any questions about the front tooth implant placement? Would you like to schedule an appointment with best dental implant dentist in Brooklyn Dr. Umanoff of LuxDen Dental Implants Center, please contact our office for consultation with the dentist.