Treatment Options for the Replacement of the Missing Maxillary Lateral Incisor

Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2021 Oct;42(9):504-509; quiz 510.


The replacement of the missing maxillary lateral incisor continues to be a challenge for the interdisciplinary dental treatment team. Over the past two decades the dental implant has become a primary method of replacement for this tooth. However, while implants offer numerous benefits, some significant potential problems are associated with implant treatment, including the possible need for tissue grafting, the long-term stability of bone and soft tissue overlying the facial surface of the implant, as well as the continued growth of alveolar bone and eruption of teeth adjacent to the implant. This article discusses various treatment options for the replacement of the missing maxillary lateral incisor with an emphasis on the bonded zirconia bridge.

MeSH terms

  • Anodontia* / surgery
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous
  • Dental Implants, Single-Tooth*
  • Humans
  • Incisor
  • Maxilla / surgery