Implant Stronger Than Natural Teeth

Mr. Xu had a missing tooth, lateral incisor, #7, which is replaced by an implant (Fig.1,2).  Last week an accident broke the canine (Fig.3,4: #6) and forced the central incisor out with mobility (#8, arrow).  The implant tooth is alright and is used to splint the loose and displaced tooth (#8 in Fig.5) in place.  It appears that an implant is stronger than our natural teeth.  It is the best restoration for missing tooth/teeth.  Unfortunately the traumatized tooth remains loose 3 months later when the splint is removed.  On the other hand, a removable partial denture, old styled tooth-replacing device, has no protection for our teeth against trauma.

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Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 12/31/2017, last revision 04/21/2018