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Dental Education Lecture: Multiple Implants

Mr. Smith has lost one tooth in the upper jaw (#2 in Fig.1: dental X-ray).  Three other teeth (#3,4,30 in Fig.1,2) are beyond salvation.  So we need four new teeth (Fig.3 wax set up in a model for planning).  At the age of 70, Mr. Smith choose to have 4 implants placed in his jaws (Fig.4: panoramic X-ray).  Everything goes on pretty smoothly.  In due time, he can chew normally with new beautifully good crowns which are placed on the top of the implants (Fig.5,6).  Fig.6 is a mirror shot of the tongue side of the upper teeth. Fig.7, 8 are X-ray taken two years after crown cementation.  Mr. Smith has had no problems chewing with implant teeth.   He has recommended implants to several friends, including his wife.  Most importantly, he chooses implant replacement again when his other tooth is broken down.

Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 12/01/2009, last revision 09/28/2012