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One of best aspects of being a dentist in Palm Harbor, Florida is seeing a patient / treatment to the final smile. This series of pictures visually takes us from a missing front tooth (#9) to the final handsome smile. Let me start:
Loss of tooth #9
This athletic, competitive young man suffered the complete loss of tooth #9 due to trauma. He saw a dentist in New Jersey who made him a flipper and placed a dental implant.
Dental Implant #9
The dental implant is not a tooth, it is an artificial tooth root. To use the dental implant and abutment must be placed. In this case, a temporary plastic abutment was placed as well as processed provisional crowns on teeth #’s 7-10.
To achieve the most natural looking smile, we chose to use a zirconium abutment for the dental implant in the tooth #9 region. A zirconia abutment is white, and therefore much better looking than a standard metal / titanium abutment.
Non-metal containing Crowns
For decades, we dentists usually placed porcelain fused to metal crowns on all teeth. This is not the optimal choice for front crowns in the 21st century. These crowns are “e-max” crowns, no metal and very natural looking.
Why use a zirconia abutment?
Dental Implants are almost always made of titanium. The tooth, or crown, on the dental implant does not cement to the dental implant itself. The crown is cemented to the dental implant abutment. Originally, dental implant abutments were all made of titanium or a precious metal. When doing cosmetic dentistry, using crowns with no metal at all, a metal abutment presents with challenge. The crown on the dental implant abutment will be a different color. This is why I choose to use zirconia dental implant abutments in my Palm Harbor, FL dentist office, in cosmetically demanding positions of the mouth.
There are many ways to help people with their dental health. Smiles are wonderful, they are contagious! These pictures show something that we do routinely in my Palm Harbor dental office.
The bottom picture shows the pretreatment look of this mans smile. After sedation and local anesthesia, 8 of his front teeth are prepared for crowns (middle picture.) Then lab processed provisional crowns are adapted and cemented (top picture.)
This series of blog pictures will take the reader through the typical series of procedures we employ in my Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay Fl area dentist office, focusing on dental implants.
The previous picture showed the patient with the flipper in. This picture shows the clinical presentation of tooth #8 broken off BELOW the gum line. A large post has broken, more than half of the post is bonded in this broken tooth/root.
Other treatment options would include using this highly compromised root, non removable tooth supported fixed bridgework, or removable bridge work. The correct choice of treatment is not the same for all patients or all dental offices. All are acceptable treatment options.
This picture demonstrates both the clasps associated with a traditional partial and the claspless seamless flow from the fixed crown and bridge and the precision partial. In this situation a clasp on the cuspid would have been very visible and unsightly.
A dental implant is not a tooth, it is a tooth root. A dental implant can be used to hold a tooth (dental crown), just as a tooth root can be used to hold a dental crown.
One of the most perplexing problems with dental implants is the esthetic issue of how to make the dental implant crown appear as a natural tooth. Implant dentistry has had to deal with the metal margin around the base of the dental crown which sits on top of the dental implant.
With esthetics and general health being a driving force, Implant Dentistry’s engineering and biological design evolution has developed solutions to these challenges for both the dental profession and general health of the patient.
In this picture, tooth #6 failed, therefore a tooth extraction was done, in its place we see a healed dental implant. The tooth to the left is a crown on a dental implant and to the right is the nub remaining after tooth #7 was prepared for a dental crown. Both the dental implant and the tooth root will have dental crowns covering them. This is a perfect example of the difference between dental implants and dental implant restorations. Dental implants are in essence man made tooth roots.
Simply put, no. A dental implant and a dental crown are not the same thing at all. Crowns can go on natural teeth or dental implants. The crown is the prosthesis we chew on. Seen in this picture are multiple single crowns and a fixed bridge being held.
The dental implant is an anchor placed into the jaw bone to anchor crowns, fixed bridges or dentures. Crowns and dental implants can work together but they are not the same. We do not need one dental implant for each dental crown. Dentists have been placing tooth supported non removable fixed bridges for many decades. A non removable fixed bridge can be supported by two or more dental implants also. An increasing common use for dental implants is as an alternative to tooth supported fixed bridges. Studies done by Carl Misch have documented that a dental implant with a single crown on it is a superior alternative to a tooth supported fixed bridge from a cost and longevity standpoint.
This picture has nothing at all to do with Dental Implants in Tampa, or anywhere else for that matter. Information concerning the current cost of dental implants in my Palm Harbor Tampa area dentist office click: www.DentalImplantsCost.us
This picture was taken at Old Tyme Photo in St. Augustine Florida on December 29, 2011. My daughter Kendall Jordan Caputo, her cousin Brittany Fremento and two friends are seen posing.
I have been placing and restoring Dental Implants in my Dentist office in Palm Harbor FL since 1989, after opening my first Palm Harbor Fl dentist office on April 23, 1988. The type of implant dentistry done in my dentist office in Palm Harbor ranges from simple single tooth replacements to very complex full mouth reconstructions which include an Initial Exam, thorough treatment plan and often gum disease treatment, extractions, root canals, crowns/fixed bridgework, partials, dentures and cleanings or maintenance. These procedures can be done with or without dental sedation. Information concering the current cost of non-surgical gum disease treatment can be found by clicking: www.PeriodontalDisease.us If anyone would like to speak to either me or one of my staff, please call my Palm Harbor, Tampa area dentist office at: 727 789 1333
Once again, a precision partial utilizes fixed cemented dental bridges with removable partial dentures. When both of these types of dental prostheses are fabricated with precision attachments, it is possible (and desirable) to seamlessly flow from the nonremovable dental fixed bridgework into removable partial dentures with out the unsightly metal clasps. Comprehensive dentistry, proper treatment planning and excellent patient care all come together to provide the best dentist care possible. All dentistry performed in my Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay area best dentist office.
A Precision Partial utilizes both dental fixed crown & bridge and removable partial dentures. By fabricating the crowns/bridge with precision attachments, the removable partial does not show.
Here we see a beautiful natural smile. Although some of thes teeth are removable, only the dental office and the patient know.
The surrounding blogs show more pictures. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at 727 789 1333.