Anterior Tooth Replacement Dentist in Great Neck
We all want to have a nice smile. So when it becomes necessary to remove and replace a tooth, the location of the replacement is as important as what the replacement will look like. At Passes Dental Care, we strive to ensure that if we must remove a front tooth, your teeth will look as natural afterward as if nothing had ever been done.
Schedule an appointment with the Great Neck cosmetic dentistry experts of Passes Dental Care at 516-858-5921 to discuss your questions and concerns about any tooth loss and replacement. We’ll be glad to help you get started.
“Anterior” means “front” in medical lingo. Your anterior teeth are the ones in front, the ones that everyone sees when you talk or smile. Making sure that your anterior teeth are replaced properly is essential, not only for cosmetic purposes but because of the effect on your oral health.
An “implant” is a replacement tooth that is actually set into the bone. A post is fitted into the socket where your tooth used to be, and then a replacement tooth or teeth is fitted over the top of it. When replacing multiple teeth, multiple posts can be placed into the most stable bone.
A “bridge” is the most common form of replacing several teeth, either in the front or back of the mouth. To place a bridge, the teeth on both sides of the bridge must also be prepared to hold, or anchor, the bridge.
Concerns Over Missing Front Teeth
- Bone resorption. The bone at the front of the jaw, or “maxilla,” is very thin, some of the thinnest in the body. As a result, when a tooth is lost, instead of bone filling in the gap, as it does in other parts of your body, the bone recedes or is absorbed, giving your face a sunken appearance. This can also cause the roots of neighboring teeth to collapse into the gap, affecting not only your appearance, but your bite as well.
- Damage to adjacent teeth. If a bridge is used, the adjacent teeth must be prepared to anchor it, typically by grinding them down to hold the anchor. In essence, the dentist must damage even more teeth to replace your lost tooth. If the bridge breaks or fails, then additional teeth have to be damaged, and so on.
- Bite and speech issues. Your front teeth are responsible for most of your biting ability, so any change in your front teeth may change your eating habits. Anyone with an older relative knows that they tend to stop eating as they lose their teeth. Your front teeth affect how you speak as well. Your speech patterns are impacted by the shape of your teeth.
Replacing an Anterior Tooth
Because of these concerns, replacing an anterior tooth or teeth takes some extra preparation. It may take additional time so that everything will look and feel right. Having teeth that look and feel like the original teeth takes less time than growing them, but it does require care and attention to detail.
The first thing that will be done is to establish a strong foundation. The existing tooth and root must be removed carefully so as not to damage the surrounding bone and gum. Any existing infection must be treated before the implant can be placed.
Once the bone is determined to be healthy, a titanium post is placed in the socket. Titanium is preferred over other metals or plastic because of its durability and light weight. Bone grafts may be used to fill the socket to ensure a solid fit.
The bone is allowed to fully heal before the permanent tooth implant is placed. A temporary crown, or “flipper,” is placed while the bone and post become fully integrated. This ensures that the post is correctly positioned and no further surgery is necessary.
Once the post is set, a final crown, usually porcelain, will be cemented to the post. Due to the location, it will be crafted to resemble the surrounding teeth. It will not be “too white” so that you do not have a dazzlingly white tooth in the middle of your other, older teeth, and it will be finished to have the same wear as the tooth you lost.
Now you have a brand new tooth that looks just like your old tooth. Nobody will ever know the difference, not even you.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
Using implants to replace several teeth is just as possible as a single tooth. If you have lost both front teeth, for instance, there is no reason that an implant cannot support both replacement crowns in the same way as a single one.
In cases of more than two teeth, dentists recommend two implant posts, and a bridge segment across them, using the posts as the supports rather than preparing healthy teeth. This method preserves the undamaged teeth, while still providing a stable bridge segment.
As with a single implant, you will need to wait while the post integrates with the bone, and the design of the bridge will be done carefully, to match all the missing teeth. Each tooth will be crafted individually so your mouth appears the same after your procedure as it did before.
Let Us Do Your Implants
At Passes Dental Care, our dentists have experience in all types of dental implants and can advise you about the ideal way to repair or replace any damaged anterior teeth. If you have a failed root canal or damaged teeth from an accident or altercation, we can remove the damaged teeth and replace them with stable crowns.
We can work with you on insurance and financial arrangements too. Don’t let time or cost prevent you from taking care of your teeth. Passes Dental Care wants you to have the smile you want and the healthy teeth you need.
Call Us Today
Contact us at 516-858-5921 to make an appointment so our dentists and staff can begin preparing for your implants and get you ready for your procedure. At Passes Dental Care we are standing by to help you smile.