The Stages of an Anterior Implant

Case outline: This young woman presented a missing upper front tooth that she had been replacing with a removable partial for several years. Due to aesthetics and the uneasiness of dealing with a removable appliance, she decided to have it replaced with an implant.

Step #1: Initial Presentation

Initial Radiograph

Initial Radiograph

Initial Radiograph

Initial Radiograph

Bad Aesthetic with Partial

Bad Aesthetic with Partial


Step #2: Implant Placement

Drilling into the Jawbone

Drilling into the Jawbone

X-Ray View of Implant Placement

X-Ray View of Implant Placement

Dental Implant

After the implant is placed the healing process begins. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. This process is called Osseointegration (OSS-e-o-in-te-GRAY-shun), meaning “combines with the bone.” Osseointegration takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, usually around 3 months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implant and the replacement teeth all in one visit.


Step #3: Abutment and Crown Placement

Porcelain Abutment Before Crown Placement

Porcelain Abutment Before Crown Placement

Final Porcelain Crown

Final Porcelain Crown

Dentistry and photography performed by Mauricio Fonrodona D.D.S

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