Let’s give credit where credit is due…
In many instances the dentist needs to work with a dental laboratory in order to complete a patient’s case. In this blog, we will look at a case that I recently completed. It will accomplish two objectives:
1) Show you how an edentulous (absence of teeth) area in the mouth can be rehabilitated with dental implants. To see what choices there are to fill a gap in the mouth, please read the blog “Options to replace a missing tooth,” posted on October 2nd, 2011.
2) Demonstrate that the process of making an implant (crown and denture too) not only involves the dentist, but also the dental laboratory.
Dental Case Study
This is an individual who was missing two posterior (back) teeth in their lower right jaw area. The back molar teeth are important as they are needed to chew with.
The silver, circular areas are known as ‘Healing Caps. They cover the dental implants which were placed into the jaw bone about six months previously. The implants are made up of titanium. Titanium forms an irreversible bond with the bone. Implants act to replace the roots of the teeth. For a better understanding of dental implants, please see the blog “Dental Implants …. A great solution for a missing tooth,” posted on October 9th, 2011.
The two pewter triangular structures that you see on the stone models were fabricated by the dental lab. They are known as implant abutments.
After approximately six months the healing caps (image one) are removed and the abutments (image two) are screwed onto the implants which have integrated into the bone.
The crowns (also known as caps), which are also made by the dental lab are then cemented onto the abutments.
As one can see, this whole process is clearly a team approach.
Yours in good dental health,
Dr. F. Keshavarz Dentistry