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Case 9

Implant Bridge

HISTORY - Charlie presented with infection on the front supporting tooth of an existing bridge due to decay and a crack in the tooth (yellow arrow). There was also a retained root fragment left after a failed extraction atempt many years ago (red arrow).

PLANNING - The bridge was cut to leave a single crown on the back tooth and both the decayed tooth, which was unrestorable, and the retained root fragment were removed. A temporary denture was provided whilst the site was healing to give the patient some teeth to chew and smile with.

SURGERY - Then after 3 months the patient was sent for a 3-D scan of the site to enable careful planning of his implants (left photo). Three implants were planned in this case as the patient has a strong bite however sometimes two implants are enough to replace three missing teeth.

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The three implants were then carefully placed by Dr Mallorie (right photo) following the measuremments taken from the original planning.

RESTORATION - After 3 months of healing, multiple impressions were taken and a three-tooth bridge was fitted onto the implants (yellow arrow). The patient can now function as normal without the need to wear dentures.