this patient came to me with several teeth that had been fractured in an accident. he was unable to smile with confidence due to injury of the front teeth, and a very unaesthetic appearance. the treatment plan had several options and we decided upon a full arch reconstruction using a bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture. this has several benefits over removable partial dentures including improved speech, improved aesthetics and better function. luckily, this is a rare restoration, but when necessary, can have an amazing impact on the lives of our patients.
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An implant supported bridge is an option when replacing multiple missing teeth. In the case of this patient, teeth had to be extracted after cavities developed under an old fixed bridge.
Options discussed to replace her missing teeth included an implant supported bridge, another fixed bridge, and a removable partial denture. A distinct advantage of an implant supported bridge is that it does not rely on support from adjacent, natural teeth. Also, because dental implants replace tooth roots, bone is better preserved. In conjunction with a periodontist, this patient and I decided that an implant supported bridge would be her best option.
Our periodontist placed two dental implants, which resemble screws, into the patients jaw. Implant placement is a procedure done under local anesthesia with little to no post-operative discomfort. Over the course of several months, the implants were allowed to bond together with the patients’ bone, creating two secure anchors. We were then able to fabricate custom made abutments and the replacement teeth, which were cemented into place.
The patient was very pleased with the final outcome, as was I. The implant supported bridge looks and functions like natural teeth.
one of the most fulfilling things about being a dentist is that i can improve someone's life by improving their smile. unfortunately, sometimes it's necessary to remove a tooth if it cannot be saved. this can happen for many reasons, including trauma, gum disease, etc.. this patient came to me with obvious concerns of loss of chewing function and being unhappy with his smile.
in general, there are three options for replacing missing teeth. they are:
without going into all the pros and cons, we decided the best option for this patient was a three-unit bridge. i am showing the before picture and a picture of the temporary bridge. these pictures were taken on the same day. as you can see, the aesthetics improved immediately. in roughly four weeks, we will have the final porcelain bridge, and i will share the post-operative photos. if you have a similar issue, please feel free to schedule a consult by calling 704.474.3152 or schedule an appointment on our website www.norwooddentalclinic.com
Norwood Dental Clinic is located in Norwood, NC.
*all images are used with permission of our patients. names have been changed to maintain our patient's privacy.*