Careful preparation necessary for a missing front tooth
It is necessary to take particular caution to proceed with front upper tooth replacement. It might be easy to have an implant and a crown. Still, it is tough to keep a natural-looking healthy gum and match the crown's color on the implant in the center of your face without crowning.
Single implant procedure
To ensure natural-looking teeth, we opt for a minimally invasive approach. This means preserving the patient's existing condition without making unnecessary changes. For instance, while many dentists open the gum flap for improved access and visibility during tooth or root extraction, this procedure disrupts the gum's blood supply, causing it to recede and altering its original shape irreversibly.
In our practice, we utilize a slow and gentle extraction technique that minimizes bone disruption, preserving the integrity of the bone beneath the gums and maintaining their natural shape. This method may take slightly longer, but it significantly reduces post-operative discomfort.
While quicker extraction methods exist, they often necessitate subsequent gum surgeries to restore lost tissue. However, the original shape achieved through a minimally invasive approach remains more natural and enduring.
Perfecting Dental Crown Color Matching
Color matching one central crown to other natural teeth is the most difficult. Some dentists ask patients to do two teeth together for a better color matching, even if the other tooth has no caries.
Matching the color of one central crown to the surrounding natural teeth presents a significant challenge. Some dentists recommend treating two adjacent teeth together to achieve better color harmony, even if the second tooth is not decayed.
When matching the color of a missing tooth to existing teeth, we employ advanced techniques such as root extraction without gum incision or bone breakage, followed by implant placement. Our office utilizes a color-corrected camera and specialized filters for precise shade assessment. Despite these tools, achieving an exact match takes time and effort. If the color does not align perfectly, we will send the crown to the dental lab for adjustments until it blends seamlessly with the neighboring teeth.
This process has no additional cost, but patients may experience a slight delay due to the need for a temporary crown. After the adjustment period, After the adjustment period, Laura, our patient in the first picture, regained her front tooth with a natural color that matched her original tooth, fulfilling her desired outcome.regained her front tooth with a natural color that matched her original tooth, fulfilling her desired outcome.
Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 486 dental professionals worldwide (Only four in Houston) as of 2023 who have achieved this prestigious honor.