In this first case, missing teeth were replaced with a bridge.
A relatively straightforward procedure, the process involved:
- Dental implants were placed and immediate temporary abutments fitted.
- A temporary bridge was constructed and fitted over the abutments during the same surgery.
- Twelve weeks later, when healing was complete, the temporary bridge and abutments were removed to expose the dental implants.
- Titanium abutments replaced the temporary abutments.
- A three-unit ceramic bridge was permanently cemented in place.
In this second case, the patient presented with gum disease, tooth decay and deteriorating teeth that had caused the bite to collapse.
Compromised teeth were extracted, a long-span bridge was installed in the upper jaw, and a four-unit bridge was installed in the lower jaw. The collapsed bite was restored by simultaneously treating the remaining natural teeth with porcelain crowns.
- After the gums healed, titanium abutments were tightened to support a nine-unit bridge.
- The nine-unit bridge was permanently inserted over the abutments in the upper jaw.
- The lower four front teeth, damaged due to poor oral hygiene, were extracted
- The four-unit bridge was fitted to replace the lower front teeth, while the remaining teeth were treated with porcelain crowns.