Sinus Grafting With Multiple Implants
By Dr Adam Glassford
This case was referred by a dentist who had tried hard to save the patient’s teeth over many years.
She had suffered gum disease of the upper back teeth with significant bone loss.The patient was also unhappy with the appearance of the old crowns on her front teeth. A comprehensive plan was formulated to remove the failing upper back teeth, grow new bone using sinus grafting then place implants to replace the missing teeth. The front teeth crowns were also to be replaced to improve the aesthetics.
This full mouth x-ray shows the bone loss around the upper back teeth.
After Sinus Grafting and Implant Placement
This full mouth x-ray shows the upper implants placed as well as new bone grown by the sinus grafting technique. In sinus graft cases it is usual to use one implant per tooth for additional strength.
Showing Implant Abutments of the Back Teeth
This picture shows the titanium abutments fixed to each implant shortly before the fixed teeth are permanently bonded into place.
Here the new crowns have just been fitted on the upper teeth along with the new implant bridgework at the back of the mouth.
The look of the final smile mimics the original but with a new fresher look. Overall treatment time was 12 months from start to finish.