COURSE OF TREATMENT
In order to maintain jawbone density and preserve the patient’s ridgeline, Dr. Bradley recommended a dental implant procedure. A dental implant provides a long term solution to tooth loss, and is instrumental in maintaining and preserving the bone tissue in the mouth.
The first step was a simple extraction of the damaged tooth. The arrow in the image below points to the fracture.
Dental-Implant – Before Treatment with Failing Crown
Bone Grafting was completed to restore health to the jaw bone. The bone graft helps to regenerate tissue, preserve the existing bone structure and creates a strong, stable location for implant placement.
Tooth Extraction Site – Bone Grafting
Once the extraction site has healed and the bone graft has effectively strengthen the bone tissue, the dental implant post can be set.
Dental Implant – Positioning Post
Dental Implant – Large Positioning Post
The positioning post is used to confirm proper bone density, and to ensure the implant is correctly aligned with the surrounding teeth.
Dental Implant – With Healing Collar
Dental Implant – Healing Collar After 6 Months
The dental implant is then installed and fitted with a healing abutment. The abutment will allow the tissues to heal before the implant has pressure placed on it. After the implant site has completely healed, the implant post will be fitted with a final restoration.