RESTORING A POORLY PLACED IMPLANT ON A CONGENITALLY MISSING LATERAL INCISOR
- Collaboration with a periodontist and endodontist
- Situation: poorly placed implant on a congenitally missing lateral incisor.
- Treatment: removal of implant #7 and failing deciduous teeth, orthodontics, implants where possible and resin bonded bridges.
- Treatment Duration: 18 months
PRE-TREATMENT: COLLABORATION AND ASSESSMENT
Angela was a patient who found Dr. Wolfe and Brooklyn Dental Studio by searching for a local Brooklyn prosthodontist on Google. Once her condition was assessed, Angela was sent to a periodontist to remove the implant, perform a gum graft of the area, remove the failing baby teeth, and to place the implants properly. Brooklyn Dental Studio also collaborated with an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canal treatment, to whiten the darkened tooth to improve the shade.
TREATMENT AND DURATION
Angela’s treatment took 18 months. We chose to do resin bonded bridges, rather than implants for her lateral incisors. Resin bonded bridges replace missing teeth with minimal tooth preparation. They are glued to the backside of the adjacent tooth. They are considered to be temporary, but if done correctly, they can last a long time. The reason we did this is because the periodontist did not have enough space and bone to place implants in this area.
Angela maintains her teeth by wearing removable retainers every night and regular checkups.