In the photo below, can you determine which tooth has an implant and implant crown?
The Upper left central incisor is a dental implant and porcelain dental implant crown. There are so many parameters that go into planning dental implants and the final cosmetic results as well. Implantology at its best will take into consideration: 1) The soft tissue around the implant 2) The exact placement position of the implant 3) Utilize a temporary crown and abutment to define the soft tissue (gum) profile 4) Utilize custom abutments that is the shape of a natural tooth 5) Custom shade all ceramic crowns to blend in with the natural teeth This is only a beginning list. A 3D scan will allow us to see where the bone is prior to implant placement, so there is no guess work involved. No "stock" parts are used as the custom made ones allow us to shape everything the same way a natural tooth root is shaped. The type of implant placed also has a bearing on the final outcome. Dental Implants are not all the same and there are some huge differences in them. Finally, the cosmetic dentistry issues are what the patient is most concerned about. This is how the final implant crown will look. All the factors above combined with the skill of the dentist with shading the porcelain comes into play. The above photo shows what can be accomplished. If you have any questions regarding Houston Dental Implants or Dental Implants Houston, or Houston Cosmetic Dentistry, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289