Single Tooth Implants
Missing Single Tooth
This patient lost his left lateral incisor and required replacement. He did not 1 to grind down teeth on either side of the lost tooth and have it replaced with a fixed bridge. A bone graft was placed in the area of the lost tooth followed by the placement of a titanium dental implant. The implant was restored with an all ceramic abutment post followed by a natural looking porcelain crown.
This patient received a single tooth implant to replace his maxillary left lateral incisor. This is a totally painless procedure that can be performed under local dental anesthesia.
Here is a case where the patient was missing maxillary lateral incisors. The canine teeth migrated forward into the lateral incisor spot leaving him with a large space where his upper right canine tooth should have been. The space was closed by placing a single dental implant followed by a custom titanium abutment and porcelain crown.
This patient required replacement of his upper right molar with the dental implant. Dental implants are the ideal way to restored chewing ability when adequate bone is available in the molar area.
Missing Multiple Teeth
This patient lost many of his upper teeth due to periodontal gum disease. He had his teeth restored with porcelain fused to metal restorations that left large dark triangular spaces between his teeth. Once his diseased teeth were removed, he received upper jaw implants. The implants were restored with porcelain bridges and pink porcelain gum tissue to mimic the gum tissue that was lost as a result of his periodontal gum disease. He can now smile confidently again and chew his favorite foods.
Here is a classic case where a patient loses bone support from periodontal disease resulting in a collapsed bite. Dental implants replaced allowing is bite to be raised and restoring a more youthful profile to his facial features. As a result he could chew better and improve his self-esteem through the cosmetic enhancement of his mouth.
Nothing ages a woman more than the loss of teeth. The face begins to “sink in” and the bite starts to change. Fortunately for this patient, the simple replacement of missing teeth with dental implants restored her bite and brought back a more youthful looking smile.
This patient had an old dental fixed bridge which failed over time. She was told she needed a full upper denture. However, an alternative approach using maxillary titanium dental implants allowed her to have “fixed” non removable teeth instead of a denture. This significantly improved her self esteem.
When patients lose their back teeth, they have dark tunnels in the corners of their mouth when they smile. To eliminate this unsightly condition, bilateral maxillary dental implants were placed and restored with porcelain crowns. The porcelain crowns had the addition of pink porcelain "gum tissue" to replace the receded gums. This makes the porcelain crowns appear more natural.
This patient lost seven of his front teeth. All teeth were replaced with titanium implants and restored with porcelain-fused-to-gold-alloy crowns.
Missing All Teeth
Nothing can be as disheartening as losing all of your upper teeth. It permanently ages the look of your face and seriously impacts your ability to chew food. By placing dental implants, this patient was able to restore her mouth with permanent “fixed” crowns on her lower jaw and a fixed bar and a removable set of “clip on” teeth for her upper jaw. This resulted in a dramatic improvement of cosmetics and function.
Here is another case where placing just four dental implants on top helped to restore the entire upper jaw to normal function and esthetics. This fixed/removable appliance is extremely comfortable and is held securely in place by the dental implants, eliminating the need for sticky/smelly adhesives routinely used by denture wearers.
In this case the patient has a dental implant supported overdenture on the top jaw and porcelain crowns covering severely decayed teeth on the bottom jaw. This full mouth restoration brought back her youthful looking smile and improved her self esteem and confidence.
This patient received eight dental implants in his upper jaw. Once the implants healed, a “permanent” fixed bridge was cemented over the implants. Notice the addition of pink porcelain around the necks of the crowns. This pink porcelain simulates his receded natural gum tissue. This addition of lost pink gum tissue on the restoration is what makes the teeth look “real” and natural.
When teeth are lost due to the destructive effects of periodontal disease, they can often be replaced with implants and porcelain crowns. If not enough bone is available, as is the case with his upper jaw, a fixed/removable appliance can be fabricated to replace all the missing teeth.
No matter what your age, implant supported overdentures are a reasonably priced solution to restore your smile and improve your ability to chew your favorite foods.
Misc. Dental Implant Patients
Here we see the results of missing teeth and the results of periodontal disease. Implant surgery (Dental Implants) reestablished tooth support. The missing gum tissue was replaced with pink porcelain fused to porcelain crowns permanently glued into the mouth.
This is a case of old porcelain crowns and severe gum recession due to periodontal disease. By adding a couple of implants and creating pink porcelain gum, I was able to recreate a permanent beautiful smile.
Some cases are so advanced that the only choice seems to be a denture. Fortunately for this woman, I was able to avoid dentures and restore her dentition with dental implants and porcelain crowns.