Alison’s tooth came out and she was left with an embarrassing gap which she became very self conscious about. Having already lost the tooth next to it she had to eat on the other side of her mouth. “They were able to put both the missing teeth on one implant which was brilliant, it was over and above expectation, I was delighted with it”
Alison was referred by David Simpkin, a Restorative Specialist at Duke Street dental practice who we have known for many years as an exceptional dentist. She had split a tooth on her left side and noted an infection happening. The only option was for it to be removed as an emergency by her dentist.
Assessment & Treatment
Alison has a history of tooth grinding (Bruxism), and had already lost a tooth behind this gap, so was probably putting even more pressure on this tooth. The less teeth you have, the more pressure that goes through the remaining teeth.
We were able to place an implant straight away, and this was such a simple aspect of the treatment for her to go through, even compared to a simple and skilled extraction.
Alison was very happy to have the most economical and easiest temporary option of a gap in this region while she healed (rather than a gap or temporary bridge). She doesn’t show this area very much when she smiles anyway.
2 crowns as a bridge were fitted to the single implant, returning not only her smile, but also the function to the left side of her mouth, filling the double tooth gap in just 10 weeks, and 3 appointments.
We used a specifically designed extra strong material for this bridge (Zirconia), to reduce the risk of chipping that can occur in people who grind their teeth. We will still follow up carefully to make sure all works well in the coming years.