The replacement of missing teeth with implants can pose aesthetic challenges. This is one of the reasons dentists refer their patients to the specialists at the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. When our oral surgeons plan a dental implant case, there are several important considerations that relate to appearance. The dental restoration that your dentist provides should be naturally beautiful, but for maximum aesthetics, your oral surgeon also wants to make sure the appearance of the bone ridge and gingival tissue supporting your implant and implant restoration appear naturally beautiful when treatment is completed.
Selecting the right number of implants and the optimal type and placement of implants and restorations takes thoughtful preplanning. In addition to placing an implant in the optimal position for bone healing around the implant and for stable, strong chewing function, it must also be placed for optimal occlusion (how the upper and lower teeth come together), and to provide for enough space around the implant for an aesthetically pleasing prosthetic tooth that looks natural and matches the rest of the patient’s smile.
When a tooth is missing, bone resorption occurs in the vacated area. If significant bone resorption has occurred there may be inadequate bone to support an implant and the bone ridge also may have to be augmented to provide a nice appearance when implant treatment is done. In these cases, a bone graft is performed and allowed to heal before the implant is placed. The volume and placement of the bone graft requires judgment and developed surgical skills.
The amount and thickness of the gum tissue also is a consideration in implant placement. When there is gum deficiency, our oral surgeons can surgically manage wound healing and, when needed, reconstruct gum tissue with soft tissue grafts.
Oral surgeons with the expertise such as ours are able to make optimal use of space, periodontal tissue, and implant materials to support optimal tooth and smile aesthetics. When you invest in dental implants you want optimal results. When you choose the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants for your implants, you make an excellent choice. We welcome your call!