Dental Implants for the Front Teeth vs. the Molars

By Dr. Damon on October 16, 2018

Digital illustration of implant-supported bridgePatients who are missing one or more teeth can take advantage of dental implants at our Amarillo, TX dental clinic. This restorative option is the longest-lasting and most predictable solution currently available.

Here, our team at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center explores dental implants for the front teeth vs. the molars and explains the differences between these two types of treatment.

About Dental Implants: A Brief Overview

Made from medical-grade titanium, dental implants are small, threaded posts that are inserted into the jawbone during an oral surgery procedure.

Implants restore the roots of missing teeth and can support crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Because dental implants rely on osseointegration, that is, the fusion between the jawbone and the implant posts, patients may need to wait a few months before connecting the final restoration.

Treatment times may also vary based on whether the implants were placed in the front (anterior) portion of the jaw or the back (posterior) portion.

In the sections below, we will discuss a few details regarding dental implants for the front teeth vs. the molars.

Dental Implants for Replacing Molars

Dental implants can be placed in the posterior jaw to replace missing molars. Because molars bear the brunt of pressure and chewing forces, it is important to allow sufficient healing time after implant placement.

Treatment Timeline for Posterior Dental Implants

Once the dental implants are placed in the jaw, most patients require approximately three to six months of recovery before the final restoration can be connected.

Though a temporary tooth can be provided during the interim period, it may not be necessary since the gap is not very obvious when you smile.

Once your final restoration is connected, the treatment process is complete.

Dental Implants for Replacing Front Teeth

Placing implants in the anterior portion of the jaw may prove a bit more challenging since the gap is in the smile zone. In the sections below, we discuss two treatment options for those considering dental implants for the front teeth.

Temporary Options for Anterior Dental Implants

The majority of the time, anterior implants require just as much healing time as posterior implants. However, most patients (understandably) do not want to wait three to six months to fill in the gap in their smile.

In these cases, a temporary restoration can be provided. Often, a removable partial denture is provided to restore your smile’s aesthetics while you heal.

Immediate Load Dental Implants

In some cases, your doctor may be able to place an implant and temporary restoration on the same day. As a result, you will be able to leave the office with a brand-new smile without the need for a partial denture.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

If you are thinking about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, schedule a visit at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center. Contact us online or call our office at (806) 803-9219.

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