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CASE PRESENTATION: Collaborative Care for Successful Single-Tooth Replacement

Categories: Restorative Dentistry

Author(s): Jonathan Ferencz, DDS, FACP

Date: 01-18-2021 11:25:07 am

  Even seemingly straightforward cases require open communication among the clinical team members, precise diagnostic imaging, and detailed treatment planning to ensure a good outcome for the patient. As a prosthodontist who doesn’t place implants, I work closely with a periodontist who does all of the surgeries. In addition, I have a dental lab in my office staffed with experienced technicians. By combining the expertise of these 3 professionals with intraoral scans, CBCT images, and treatment planning software, we’re able to proceed with treatment fully prepared with all of the information we need to deliver the best result possible.

  In this case, documented in the images on the following pages, a patient presented with a congenitally missing tooth No. 12, which he wanted replaced. We started by capturing the images we needed to treatment plan the case—intraoral scans (Figures 1 to 3) taken in my office using 3Shape TRIOS and CBCT images taken in the periodontist’s office. We then integrated these images using 3Shape Implant Studio software (Figure 4), which supports 70 different implants from a variety of manufacturers. We identified key landmarks in the CBCT images and paired them with the intraoral scan. When we merged the two data sets, we had a view of the patient’s teeth, gingiva, and bone.

  The treatment planning process included a meeting between me (the prosthodontist), the periodontist, and the dental lab technician. Sometimes these meetings are held remotely, but in this case we met in person. The dialogue began with an explanation of the tooth being replaced and its optimal position. The surgeon explained that given the position, and the fact that the ridge was extremely narrow, the bone would need to be leveled to create a better platform for implant placement. Also, because the roots were close together, the surgeon chose the narrowest implant (Straumann Narrow Platform Implants).

  In discussing the removal of some soft and hard tissue, it was noted that we would create a disparity in the gingival margin of the implant for tooth No. 12 and tooth No. 11 (Figure 5). However, I pointed out that there also was a big disparity between teeth Nos. 11 and 13. The replacement tooth No. 12 would serve as a transition from the high margin on the canine to the low margin on tooth No. 13. The surgeon, technician, and I agreed.

  To transfer the information about implant position to the mouth, we used the data captured with the intraoral scans and the CBCT with the Implant Studio Software to a create a surgical guide (Figure 6). Then, with a two-stage surgical approach, the surgeon used the guide to place the implant and the site was sutured. We did not uncover the implants for 4 to 6 months after surgery (Figure 7).

  Using state-of-the-art technology and providing opportunities for open communication among all of the dental professionals involved in the case, we identified challenges, developed solutions, and provided the patient with an excellent outcome (Figure 8).


Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Dr. Burt Langer, periodontist, and Mr. Pasquale Fanetti, dental technician at NYC Prosthodontics.



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