More Details on Dental Implants

Dental Implant Case Studies

 

Patient #1

This patient had an accident as a young man where he lost his two front teeth. The teeth were root-canal treated and re-implanted back. Unfortunately, this type of treatment can only “buy time”. Eventually the roots started resorbing (eaten away at the bone).  As a result, the patient was referred to us for a more permanent solution.

The treatment we offered him included removal of the two front teeth and what was left from the root, while rebuilding the surrounding bone. After a few months of healing, we proceeded to place two implants which were restored by his general dentist.

Patient #2

This patient presented with a poorly constructed bridge replacing her upper front teeth. Her main concern was that she was very unhappy with the appearance of the bridge. We also noted uncontrolled periodontal disease and an infection involving one of the teeth used to support the bridge.

After stabilizing her periodontal disease and removing the infected tooth, we proceeded with minor bone reconstruction to facilitate implant placements. The implants were placed using guided surgery based on a CT scan on the jaw. This technology is not always necessary and added to the cost of her treatment; therefore it is not something we normally recommend.  However in this situation it helped greatly with accuracy of implant placement.

After the implant supported bridge was constructed and inserted approximately 2 months after the implants were placed. She is now enjoying a healthy and beautiful smile!

Patient #3

This patient lost his front teeth many years ago in an accident. He has been wearing removable partial dentures since then, and finally decided that he would like permanent teeth supported by dental implants.

A CT scan of the jaw bone where the teeth were missing revealed significant bone loss. This isn’t uncommon when teeth have been missing for long time, particularly when they were lost due to trauma.

We proceeded with bone augmentation procedure to reconstruct the missing bone. After the bone augmentation healed, 4 implants were placed using guided surgery. Two months after the Implants healed, his general dentist proceeded to construct and insert a bridge replacing 6 teeth. Now this patient has a great smile and doesn’t have to bother with removable teeth!

Patient #4

This patient lost his front teeth many years ago in an accident. He has been wearing removable partial dentures since then, and finally decided that he would like permanent teeth supported by dental implants.

A CT scan of the jaw bone reveals significant bone loss where the teeth were missing.  There was insufficient bone for the immediate placement of dental implants. This is not uncommon when teeth have been missing for long time.

We proceeded with bone augmentation procedure to reconstruct the missing bone. After the bone augmentation healed, 2 implants were placed. Three months after the Implants healed, his general dentist proceeded to construct and insert a bridge replacing the 4 missing front teeth. Now this patient has a great smile and doesn’t have to worry about eating with a loose removable denture !

 

Patient #5

This patient has been missing his teeth for many years. He was overall happy with his dentures, except that they were loose and uncomfortable to eat with. The simplest solution, was to offer him 2 implants in the upper jaw and 2 implants in the lower jaw to help hold the dentures in place. The jaw bone continues to shrink after patient loses their teeth, and eventually there isn’t enough bone to hold dentures stable. Implants are used with a snap attachment that help hold the dentures in place during speech and chewing.

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