Dental Implants: Case 53

Dental Implants: Case 53

This 75 year old Frisco resident had rapidly failing dentition. The 10 remaining teeth she had left were infected, breaking, and a constant source of discomfort and embarrassment. She originally consulted with me about how to restore her ability to smile with confidence. Initially she felt like the only option would be a traditional denture, laden with sticky adhesives. She also wasn't excited about not being able to eat certain foods. I explained that while some sort of prosthetic was going to be in her future we would improve her current state. Not only would we brighten her smile, but she could still eat the things she was accustom to without the pain that had become her norm. Once I outlined the process to create implant supported dentures that would require no adhesive and stay in place while chewing she became immediately excited. Her next stop was a consultation with an oral surgeon to coordinate the surgery with the start of prosthetic fabrication. The patient wore a traditional denture specially made to allow tissue healing and protect the implants while osseo-integration took place. Once all healing was completed I fabricated new dentures that attach to the implants anchored in the jaw bones. In the pictures you will see 4 implant abutments on both the upper and lower jaws. The gold colored pieces you actually see are abutments that attach to the implants. The abutment is the piece that allows the denture to snap onto the implants and stay firmly in place. A traditional denture has a full palate and covers the entire roof of your mouth. By adding the metal framework and securing it to the implants we can eliminate half the surface area of tissue contact. Obviously chewing efficiency is greatly improved, but by keeping all of the taste buds on the roof of the mouth uncovered we can preserve a lot of the patients ability to taste food properly. Once delivered the patient was immediately transformed in both her smile quality and ability to eat without pain.