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Case Study 12: Implants Lateral Incisor Implants

Lateral incisors are the most common congenitally missing teeth. Dental implants are the standard of care in replacement of these teeth in most circumstances.  Loss of this space usually occurs when posterior teeth erupt into the incisor position and will usually require orthodontic correction. In this case orthodontist Dr. Briar Diggs has precisely maintained space for properly proportioned lateral incisors on dental implants.

  • Lateral incisors are the most common congenitally missing teeth. Dental implants are the standard of care in replacement of these teeth in most circumstances.  Loss of this space usually occurs when posterior teeth erupt into the incisor position and will usually require orthodontic correction. In this case orthodontist Dr. Briar Diggs has precisely reestablished space for properly proportioned lateral incisors on dental implants.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

  • Dental implants cannot be placed until growth and development is complete. Usually around age 16 in females and age 20 or more in males.  In this photo a removable retainer with teeth replacements is worn until treatment can begin.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

  • Initially transitional restorations are custom fabricated and worn for several weeks to shape the tissue to the proper cleansable and esthetic contour.  Precise implant planning and placement, by Periodontist Dr. Jack Remien, allows for a predictable restorative result.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

  • Final restorations are placed in 2004 yielding very stable tissue health and esthetics.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

  • The significant gingival display demonstrates the importance of precise surgical and restorative management to yield a balanced and natural smile profile.

  • Final restorations are placed in 2004 yielding very stable tissue health and esthetics.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

  • Six years after placement, tissue health and esthetics is well maintained.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

  • Six years after placement, tissue health and esthetics are well maintained.

    Dentist: Vince Meng

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