In a recent article in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (2014; 29: 171-177), researchers described a study looking at anterior or front teeth using a CT scanner. In this study, it was found that approximately 20% of the front teeth evaluated showed fenestration or deficiency of bone. This concavity could require bone grafting or alteration of the angulation of the placement of the dental implant.
It is desired to place dental implants immediately with extraction of anterior teeth to preserve bone and soft tissue for maximum esthetics. If extraction is preformed without bone grafting or immediate dental implant, bone is typically lost. It has been shown that the width of the alveolar ridge is reduced by half within a year, most of which is a result of resorption of the buccal plate.
When considering anterior implants, see experienced surgeons. John Freeman MD, DDS, FACS has been serving Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Cypress and the surrounding area for almost 14 years for patient’s implant needs.