Replacement of missing or lost tooth can be accomplished with a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture. However, in this day of age, dental implants have become mainstream in the treatment of replacing missing teeth. The main reason being that the dental implants have a significantly higher long-term success rate and do not involve other adjacent teeth compared to other means of treatment. Even though dental implants are dissimilar in many ways to natural dental roots that they replace and the management of soft and hard tissue that surrounds it can be challenging at times, dental implants are the closest to dental roots we have today. The following photographs show the use of dental implant in replacing a missing tooth.
Utilization of dental implants for tooth replacements have become increasing popular due to its predictability where an overall success rate of greater than 98% have been reported over a ten year period. With that in mind, this patient wants to replace her first molar, which was lost from caries, with a dental implant.
Also notice the presence of cavity on second molar and loss of first molar space from mesial (forward) drifting of the second molar.
Due to insufficient amount of bony support for implant, bone graft was necessary at the implant site prior to implant placement. The radiograph shows the implant in place. Both bone graft and implant placement was performed by Dr. Jimmy Choi.