Implant Improves General Health

A 65-year-old woman has Parkinson's disease, manifested with difficulty in walking (muscle weakness).  Two years ago, she broke one of her top molar teeth (Fig.1,2 *).  After taking out the broken tooth, an implant was immediately placed (Fig.3 I) with an abutment (A) as well as a temporary crown.  In 2 months, the gums healed well around the implant and abutment (Fig.4).  Impression was taken for a final crown.  Today she returned.  Although she has harder time walking, she is doing well in eating.  The implant crown stays in place (Fig.5 C).  Without the implant, her general condition may be worse.

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Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 11/23/2016, last revision 11/23/2016