The little triangle of gums between your front teeth. Did you ever notice it? Look closely. Between each tooth should be a little triangle of gum called a papillae.
That little tiny triangle of gum is of ultimate importance when having an implant in the front of the mouth.
When you smile big you probably see these triangles. When an implant is ideal it should have a triangle of gum on each side. If it does not, it may look funny. In fact, it may be missing all together leaving a black hole.
There are ways to regenerate these papilla but the best way is to
prevent them from receding. I go through an extensive work up to predict the outcome before surgery ever begins.
The health of your real teeth around the implants is of utmost importance. If the adjacent teeth have even slight bone loss, this could prevent the formation of the papilla or it may not be as big as it is suppose to be.
This triangle of gum should be discussed with you should you elect to have implants for the front teeth. It is especially important if there are multiple dental implants next to each other.
The following pictures show what I call cosmetic failures. I did NOT treat these patients. These are dental implants that do not have the papillae:
Although this little tiny triangle of gum may be insignificant to you now, it is of paramount importance to me. It makes all the difference!
Let me know if I can help avoid this problem!