Single Tooth Implant Replacement

The standard of care nowadays is that if you loose a tooth, you get one back. Implant replacement of a lost tooth is the gold standard of care, exceeding a bridge in it’s longterm prognosis. In the molar sites, Dr. Reuter removes the tooth and prepares the bone for an implant to be placed a couples months later. Single rooted teeth near the front of the mouth are often treated with removal and implant placement in the same procedure, accelerating the treatment time for the patient.

This video shows Dr. Reuter’s patient undergoing removal of a front tooth, placement of an implant, and placement of a temporary tooth all in the same 1 hour appointment. This case was done with computer CT guided technology and the tooth was fabricated before surgery.

Am I a candidate?

Many patients assume that they may not be a candidate based on age or that teeth have been missing for a long time. During an implant consult, Dr. Reuter performs a complete exam and cone beam CT scan. He is able to digitally perform surgery and assess the available bone and soft tissue for implants. Most patients have multiple implant options available to them and even patients that have been in dentures for years are usually good candidates. There are a few contra-indications to dental implants and also a few risk factors that Dr. Reuter will address if applicable, but the vast majority of our patients undergo successful implant teeth replacement.

This patient experienced significant bone loss and changes in her facial appearance. Though she had significant bone loss, Dr. Reuter worked with her anatomy to provide 5 implants to support a full set of teeth.
Facial bone loss from missing teeth (Right Image). Five implants in the lower jaw to support teeth (Upper Left Image).
Many cases that involve removing multiple teeth allow us to utilize the best anatomy and avoid areas that have less bone. This patient had full upper and lower extractions and implant placement in the same surgery. The implants are placed in areas with the best bone avoiding the sinus and vital nerve anatomy. Dr. Reuter utilizes sophisticated software programs to plan and place the implants.
Full upper and lower implants to support teeth.


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