Are Dental Implants the Best Choice to Replace Missing Teeth As Part of a Smile Makeover?

What other procedures might be advised because missing teeth for a smile makeover? Will gums need surgery too? Are dental implants low maintenance and fairly low risk for long term complications?

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Dental implants for missing teeth versus bridges

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Missing teeth are lost teeth, so to consider dental bridges means to cut down other healthy teeth, which may one day become lost as well.

If you have healthy teeth then dental implants are a better choice in terms of replacing only what is missing.

To get good long term results you should consult with an experienced implantologist.

Oral Hygiene is a factor in all types of dentistry but much more so with implants.

If your surgeon thinks you are a candidate then try to explore implants and surgery before filing down teeth for bridges.

Are Dental Implants the Best Choice to Replace Missing Teeth As Part of a Smile Makeover?

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Here are some of the factors that you need to consider when you want to decide if dental implants are good option to replace missing teeth as part of a smile makeover:

-are the roots of the adjacent teeth far enough apart to have room to place an implant
-is the width of the bone thick enough as you go from your lip to your pallet
-do the adjacent teeth have any gum disease or bone loss

If other factors are good but there is not enough bone then a bone graft may be required.

If you are cavity prone, dental implants may be a wonderful option, because a metal implant will never get a cavity.

Hope you find this information helpful.

Dr Champagne

Richard Champagne, DMD
Freehold Dentist

Can Dental Implants Be Used In Smile Makeovers?

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It is very common to use dental implants to replace missing teeth when doing a smile makeover.  The first step would be for you to get a 3D CT scan of the areas where you are missing teeth.  If you have sufficient bone dental implants would be a much better option than dental bridges.  When performed and planned correctly, implants can be implemented beautifully into smile makeovers cases.  Their success rate is high once the implant is integrated with the bone and it will be a superior restoration for hygiene as compared to a bridge.   

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Dental implants for replacement of teeth

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Dental implants are now the standard of care for replacement of missing teeth. If properly placed, restored, and cared for, they can last a life time. I recommend an oral surgeon for implant placement and a prosthodontist or a very skilled general dentist for the restorations.


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H. Ryan Kazemi, DMD
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Implants are the best solution - IF!

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As far as added strength and not having to add extra load to natural teeth via bridges, implants are far superior in almost all cases.  In an esthetic case especially, I would recommend having a 3D cat scan image done of the implant areas and a software design to be sure the bone is adequate to place the implant in a position that will allow for an esthetic result.  I have had more than a few implants done by surgeons who's total focus was to place the implant and not concerned about the restoration.  Then it comes to me to restore and the implant's position makes it impossible to get the best cosmetic result.  By designing the restoration first, guided surgery can place the implant where the best cosmetic result will follow.

Replacing Missing Teeth in a Smile Make Over is an ART

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While many of us agree that replacing missing teeth with Implants is ideal there are many factors to consider. ESPECIALLY when esthetics is considered. When we first began to place Implants, we put them any where. We have learned that not all Implants are successful nor esthetically pleasing. 1- Get a consultation with an experienced dentist, periodontist or surgeon who has experience in Implants. 2-Review all options when discussing missing teeth and dental needs. What other options do you have to replace missing teeth? What about traditional dentistry like Bridges, Maryland Bridges? What other treatment do you need for your smile makeover? Do you need to do braces? Are you whitening and doing a combination of Dentistry? How old are you? 3- Factors that must be considered; BONE, do you have enough? BONE, is there room? GUMLINE, what will the final Implant look like? Sticking out of alignment? Crooked? Take your time, do research and learn all of your options. Make your decision on the best information you can get. Good luck!

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

Dental implants treatment of choice for missing teeth.

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Dental implants are often the treatment of choice for missing single or multiple teeth. An implant supported crown shows much better long term success and fewer complications compared to fixed dental bridges. The trade off is that dental implants require multiple stages and do require minor surgery. As part of the smile makeover be certain that you discuss your goals with your doctor and you can both reach the most appropriate treatment course that will lead to long lasting success.

Dan Hagi, DDS
Toronto Dentist

Implants for smile makeovers

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Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Period!! Maintenance is a piece of cake (or a piece of floss, in this case.) They have a success rate of over 95%, close to 99% on the lower jaw!

In some case on the upper front teeth with patients that have a high lip line that shows their gum line, a three unit permanent bridge may be the better option if the implant will cause a higher gum line compared to the adjacent teeth. Although, soft tissue and bone grafts can be done to correct this if done 6 months BEFORE the implant is placed.

Mitchell A. Josephs, DDS
Palm Beach Dentist

Usually implants are the best solution

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When replacing missing teeth, implants are considered to be state of the art.  Some of their benefits are :

*  They don't rely on the adjacent teeth for support,

*  They emerge through the gum like a natural tooth

*  They are very successful, long-term, and highly predictable

*  In skilled hands, they are low risk

In certain situations especially highly visible and esthetic zones in the mouth, if there has been extensive bone loss and gum recession, implant supported restorations may not look as natural as possible.  In these occasional other situations, bridges can produce a more esthetic final result.

If the gums and bone have receded in the area of the missing tooth, reconstructive periodontal surgery might be needed.

Martin Frankel, DDS
Toronto Dentist

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