Not everyone comes to us with the typical requirement for gleaming white teeth. This patient arrived with a very specific request: he wanted a gold crown to fill a space in his front teeth.
Like most patients who ask for dental implants to fill spaces in their teeth, the gentleman (who would prefer to remain anonymous), strongly disliked his partial denture. This tended to move around when he ate food and consequently affected his dental hygiene and gum health.
Due to the fact he had lost the tooth many years ago, the patient had suffered significant gum shrinkage. This can be seen by the gum loss on the crowned tooth next to the space you can see below.
First Dr Murphy had to build the gum out slightly using a bovine-derived bone graft material. This is free of risk or complication in almost every single recorded use.
The graft material also covered the outer threads on the titanium implant screw which was inserted three months before Dr Murphy fitted the gold crown.
The patient did not want his old NHS crown replaced. For him, the desired appearance was quite specific and did not fit into what we consider the normal pattern of a smile makeover.
His implant treatment costs were similar to those for treatment with porcelain. The gold crown, gold abutment post, titanium implant, bone graft materials and titanium connecting screw cost £2200 in total.