This elderly patient has Parkinson’s Disease and unfortunately had trouble cleaning his teeth. He had extensive bridgework on his upper teeth and came to see me when one part broke off because of decay under his crowns.
After consultation with the patient and my implant surgeon it was decided that all remaining teeth should be removed and a fixed implant supported bridge placed.
The teeth and roots were removed and four implants placed. I attached a temporary plastic bridge and we waited for the bone to fuse around the implants.
When the surgeon gave me the go ahead the case was completed with attachments screwed into the implants and the bridge cemented into place.
This implant case shows how we can replace missing teeth with a fixed unit. The bridge cannot be removed and although the patient’s oral hygiene is compromised due to his illness he will find it much easier to control and tolerate than a removeable denture.