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Front Teeth Knocked Out: Successfully Replaced by Dental Implant and Cantilever Bridge

This week’s case study involved a terrible incident in which Mark, an innocent young man, was assaulted on a night out.

One punch knocked him to the ground where his teeth were severely traumatised, knocking one clean out.

Traumatic tooth loss
Traumatic tooth loss

Sadly, the other could not be saved and we took an impression to fabricate a temporary denture.

Showing the tooth loss from below

One of the problems with severe trauma of this nature is the almost immediate loss of bone in the ‘aesthetic zone.’

We tread a fine line between being patient for healing and witnessing the loss of bone beyond the levels adequate for dental implants.

Needless to say, Mark didn’t like the denture and the conversation moved quickly towards a fixed implant bridge.

Dental Implant with Two Teeth on a Dental Bridge

Two months after the extraction visit, we placed a 3.5mm diameter Biohorizons Laserlok dental implant.

There was minimal residual bone on the outside and bovine bone graft materials were used to ensure coverage and integration of the fixture.

This implant was just of sufficient width for us to restore two teeth on a single fixture.

The result is called a cantilever bridge and is made from zirconium porcelain.

Zirconium is used in aeronautical engineering as well as finishing the edges of kitchen knives due to its strength in thin sections.

Cantilever bridge in place
Cantilever bridge in place

The more astute reader will notice that Mark had some tooth whitening of his natural enamel to maximise the cosmetic effect.

Dental bridge from below

Mark (and his mother!) are very happy with the result.

Treatment costs were £3368 including X-rays, extraction, denture, tooth whitening, dental implant and porcelain bridge.

Brendan Murphy

A highly-respected cosmetic dentist in Glasgow, Dr Brendan Murphy is a graduate of dentistry from Glasgow University, he has worked with dental patients in the city for more than 20 years. He has a particular interest in dental implantology as well as considerable experience in many kinds of cosmetic dentistry. However, regardless of the treatment services required, Dr Murphy is, first and foremost, motivated to deliver the results his patients want and need.