Winston Salem


1480 Rymco Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Hours: Tues. - Fri: 7:30am - 3pm



626 Kirby Road
King, NC 27021

Hours: M & W: 8am - 5pm | Tues. 7:30am - 3pm

Implants for Missing Lateral Incisors

It is not uncommon to be congenitally missing the lateral incisors, like this young lady. In this case, she had never had teeth in these spaces before so the gum tissue was very flat. We placed implants in the sites of the missing teeth and placed temporary crowns on top. As the gum tissue healed, we added material to the temporary crowns in order to “shape” the gum tissue in order to create a nice frame for our crowns. Notice the natural scalloped appearance of the gum tissue around the implant crowns in the final picture. When restoring teeth in the front of the mouth, we must pay close attention to the gums. It can make or break the esthetic outcome of the case!

Written by Katelyn Henderson

Dr. Henderson grew up in Wake Forest, NC, received her undergraduate degree from NC State University in 2009 and went on to receive her dental degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2013. She completed a General Practice Residency program at the VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon and is Program Director for the Forsyth County Dental Society. She is also Treasurer for the 2nd District North Carolina Dental Society, American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Henderson enjoys all areas of dentistry, especially putting anxious patients at ease and helping people, who would otherwise not seek dental care, work through their anxiety to achieve better oral health.