Partial and Implant
Mary has a lower partial denture (Fig.1 D). One (*) of her own remaining natural teeth (T) has pain suddenly. When the denture is removed, the painful tooth (Fig.2 *) is found to have a crack. The bad tooth needs to be removed (from Fig.3 to 4 arrow). An implant is placed in the socket immediately (Fig.5 arrow) and stably (Fig.6 I). Nine days later, the implant is healing (Fig.7). Four months after surgery, a new crown (Fig.8 C) is in place to hold the partial tight. Mary has enjoyed the new tooth for every single meal 7 months now. Even better is that she gets a new partial around the implant crown 9 months later (Fig.9). The new metal framework (Fig.9 *, as compared to Fig.1,8) makes the partial stable. The patient chews better. There is no shrinkage of the bone around the implant 2.5 years after crown cementation.
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Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 11/12/2014, last revision 10/09/2016