This is an upper removable prosthesis over two implants.
In some situations nothing more can be done to save the teeth. We used dental implants, specifically the “all on four” technique to restore this patient to complete function.
This patient wore dentures for years and hated having to watch what he ate and take them out to clean them. He wanted teeth that looked good, that he could depend on, and he didn’t want to ever have to take them out.
We were able to accomplish all of his goals with dental implants and permanently attached restorations. He is so happy to be able to smile, talk and eat normally again!
When using dental implants to replace teeth you must have an excellent understanding of the underlying biologic principles to achieve an acceptable result.
This patient was referred to us to try to improve on a disappointing outcome with the implant on her right lateral incisor. As you can see the tooth is short and the gums are red and swollen.
We removed the existing crown and modified the implant abutment and tissue levels then placed a new crown with the proper contours. Needless to say, the patient was very happy and so was the oral surgeon who referred her to us.
This patient had her 4 front teeth crowned years ago. Her laterals (the small teeth beside the front teeth) also had root canals and metal posts placed. You can actually see the grey shading (caused by the metal posts) in her gum above these crowns. These same teeth broke around the posts and the teeth had to be removed. In coordination with the surgeon the teeth were extracted and implants were placed.
In addition to restoring these two teeth we replaced the crowns on her 2 front teeth and placed veneers on her cuspids. As you can see the new restorations are longer and the shade is much improved, giving her the smile she had hoped for.
I put this case in to show that crowns on implants and natural teeth can look equally beautiful, even when they are adjacent to each other.