Lost Front Teeth - Can Gap Be Restored After Implants

I only have these teeth on top #11 #13 #15 also #2 I had a diastema between #9 #8 can it be restored with dental implant surgery I would like it back again.. on the bottom I have all but #19 #29 #30 thank you...

Doctor Answers 5

Dental implant restorations can mimic real life

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Often diastema is desired to be closed, but sometimes we are asked to keep the gap.  Depending on how the implants are placed, a gap COULD be created.  It would not be possible if a bridge were placed in the 7 and 10 positions, or 6 and 11 spots with a single bridge to span.  If two bridges were placed, with implants perhaps in the 3 and 8 and 9 and 10.  Bridges from 3-8 and 9-10 would allow the space to be created.

This all depends on bone levels and budget.

Lost Front Teeth

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Implants are perfect for this. However, I am typically sending my patients to a Periodontist for front teeth.  The gum tissue around implants can be tricky to work with and a periodontist specializes in this area.  If gum tissue is lost then over time a black triangle is formed at the base of the crown between teeth.  This is not too much of a problem and a crown can be made to fill in the space.  It is nicer, however, to have a tooth the mimics the adjacent tooth in shape and size. 

Keith Blankenship, DDS
Jacksonville Dentist

Diastema with implants

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A diastema could be created, but most of the time when doing a large implant case, fewer implants are used than teeth, so you will have some bridges. That said, the implants would have to be designed so that 8 and 9 are not connected. It will be almost impossible to bring the diastema back permanently, but if you want to close it now is the time. I have had patients with large diastemas and we closed them with veneers. When other people saw them for the first time after the proceedure, they thought they got haircuts or lost weight. It is a big thing to change the teeth, but it often goes undetected by the lay public.

M. Andrew Atwood, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

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Replacing missing teeth with implants

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Any missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Based on what teeth are remained, space available, and aesthetic requirements, recommendations can be made for number and location of the implants. If the remaining teeth have poor prognosis, then it may be wiser to remove those and then replace all with implants. A consultation with surgeon and a restorative dentist can help you with the proper treatment options and decisions.

H. Ryan Kazemi, DMD
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Yes of course..

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Gaps can be factored into any treatment,including invisalign,braces,,crowns and implants. Just communicate that to the dentist doing the work and maybe bring a photo of yourself with the gap to the appointment..

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

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