Missing Lateral Implant Replacement

Missing Lateral Implant Replacement

Do you or your child have congenitally missing lateral incisors? Usually, an adult person’s mouth has eight incisors: four on the upper and four on the lower. The lateral incisors erupt near the front two teeth and the canines grow right next to them. If lateral incisors fail to erupt, mostly due to genetic reasons, unattractive gaps form in between teeth. Fortunately, there are ways to solve a problem like this, including a single-tooth dental implant placement.


If there are no other ways of closing the space of the missing lateral teeth, your orthodontist will recommend a dental implant. Once placed, it can close the gap and enhance your smile. An implant will rebuild the structure of the missing teeth and establish a proportionate row of front teeth. Due to modern technology, implants can be placed easily and perfectly. The single-tooth implants look extremely natural and can be taken care of just the way you do your natural teeth.

Prior to placement, your orthodontist needs to make the space balanced and proportional so that the implant fits and look perfectly. Short treatment of braces is to be expected. After that, you will undergo at least one oral surgery to insert the implant post into the lower or upper jaw. An implant needs a properly embedded post to be successful, and there should be adequate space between it and the teeth. An implant requires adequate bone density and gum tissue to stay reinforced.

If a younger person requires an implant, their facial bones should have stopped growing as it doesn’t require facial growth adjustments. So, girls between ages eighteen and nineteen years and boys ages nineteen and twenty-one years can be treated. If your child is younger, it means that their facial growth is still ongoing. Let them wait until they are old enough to have an implant placed to replace the missing lateral incisor teeth.

PRE-REQUISITES for Lateral Incisor Implants

An orthodontist must examine the mouth to ensure that there is enough space between the roots and crowns. Implant placement should only be considered if the alveolar bone has good quality and enough size. Ten millimeters of inciso-gingival bone is needed when placing a standard implant. Six millimeters of facial-lingual bone is necessary too. Sometimes the alveolar bone is not enough, causing the dentist to carry out a ridge augmentation procedure and repositioning of adjacent teeth.

As the average dental implant fixture is 3.75 millimeters wide, one to two millimeters of space is needed between the fixture and the neighboring roots. If there are six to eight millimeters of bone amid the central incisor and canine roots, the dental implant procedure will be possible. Space creation by moving the roots further apart is achieved through further pre-prosthetic orthodontic treatment. At least six millimeters of space for the lateral crown is necessary.

One of the best orthodontist near me is IVANOV Orthodontic Experts


Amazing experience! I’ve had my braces for 6 month now and I’m impressed of how much my teeth have changed. No pain at all. Dr. Ivanov is such a sweet person and very professional, he knows what he’s doing and always cares for patients personal concerns. Highly recommended!

Tula Garcia

Dr. Ivanov was amazing. When I first got my braces I was scared it was going to last 4yrs for my teeth to look better but it only lasted 2yrs and the results are beyond amazing. I’m really happy with everything and would absolutely recommend him to anyone. Thank you so much.

Kimberly Martinez

Very good experience. The attention was great. The doctor is very punctual and they don’t make you wait, which for my busy schedule is super important. Also, the time the doctor told me I had to wear the braces was the exact time I needed and I was very happy with the results. Definitely recommend him.

Laura Jimenez

Dr. Ivanov was amazing. He was very understanding and took the time to explain, every step of the process for my daughters braces. I am proud to say with great care her braces were finally removed and the end result is the beautiful smile she now has. Thank you

Christina Jenkins

Ivan and his staff made my experience a smooth and convenient process. I am absolutely delighted and satisfied with the progress and how far my teeth has come. Ivan and his staff works effortlessly to ensure that my teeth are perfected beyond my expectations. If I had any other choice I would still choose Ivanov Orthodontic experts.

Joshua Xavier

My family and I are so happy with the results of Dr. Ivanov!!! So knowledgeable, kind and always available to answer questions. I am so happy we found him and his staff. I am looking forward to addressing my dental needs now that the family is on track!!! How many can say that about their dental experts. Way to go Dr. Ivanov!!!

James C. Murphy

He is awesome. You will start seeing changes quick in your smile. He shows passion in his work, he cares about you and your smiles. The office is very nice and great customer service. You will be in good hands if you choose to go with him.

Ketty Platon


Most people with congenitally missing lateral incisors choose dental implants. That’s because an implant preserves both the alveolar bone and tooth structure. As long as the space requirements are fully met, and the dental doctor knows their job well, you will get better aesthetics and functionality. So, if you or a loved one has congenitally missing lateral incisors, the best treatment will be implant placement.


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