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Maxillary Lateral Incisor Implants: The Orthodontic Perspective Maxillary Lateral Incisor Implants: The Orthodontic Perspective

Author(s):

Vincent G. Kokich, Sr., DDS, MSD

Date Added:

1/1/2006


Summary:

Implants are commonly used to replace congenitally missing lateral incisors in adolescent orthodontic patients. However, these restorations are often challenging for the orthodontist, surgeon, and restorative dentist. In some patients, the space across the alveolar crest is too narrow to permit the surgeon to place the implant. Occasionally the root apices of the adjacent central incisor and canine are in close proximity. In other cases the ridge thickness could be inadequate and require augmentation. When the orthodontist opens the space, the papilla heights are adversely affected. Some adolescent patients have altered passive eruption after orthodontic treatment that affects the level of the gingival margins. Finally, questions often arise regarding the appropriate age for implant placement in these young patients. If not addressed, these issues could compromise the esthetics of the implant restoration. This article will use several clinical examples to discuss each of these six potential problems and provide guildelines for their solutions.

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