I recently had a block graft in the maxilla and #7,10 extracted, sockets grafted. I would like to get 4 implants and 4 unsplinted crowns, for easy maintenance/flossing around implants. CT scan in simplant format shows 23mm space between maxillary canines. I also measured with a ruler and it's the same 23mm. Is 23mm enough space to place 4 implants to replace 7,8,9,10, to get predictable results and long term stability, for papilla to grow? Aesthetics is not an issue, my smile is narrow. Or, should i go with 2 large implants and a 4-unit bridge? Maintenance is my only concern, don't like to use proxabrushes and threaders.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 26 - May - 2009, at 20:24 PM

  • As you have mentioned that you have narrow smile then 23 mm space is sufficient for 4 implants. Normally for ideal cental and lateral incisors around 29-30 mm space is required but it varies from person to person. If you are very much concerned about oral hygiene then getting 4 implants is the best way. The incisive papilla can easily grow if you go for 2 implants and bridge on it. You dentist can suggest you best after physical examining and seeing xrays. For more on dental implants you can read the following article from our website.. http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-implants-25.aspx

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