Journal of Dental Implants

: 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83--86

Esthetic rehabilitation of a partially edentulous patient with implants and tooth-supported fixed prosthesis

Manoj Shetty, Ruchir Kalra, Harsh Desai, Rakshith Hegde 
 Department of Oral Implantology, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harsh Desai
22,Green Avenue Row Houses, Ghod Dod Road, Surat, Gujarat


Functional limitation, compromised esthetics, and poor quality of life are few of the consequences of missing teeth. Partial edentulism can be treated by either fixed or removable prosthesis. In compromised abutment situations, tooth-supported fixed dental prostheses are not indicated and patient satisfaction is low with a removable prosthesis. In such cases, implant-supported fixed dental prostheses help in restoring both the function and esthetic demands of the patient. The present case report describes a case of full-mouth rehabilitation in a partially edentulous situation with implant and tooth-supported restoration.

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Shetty M, Kalra R, Desai H, Hegde R. Esthetic rehabilitation of a partially edentulous patient with implants and tooth-supported fixed prosthesis.J Dent Implant 2019;9:83-86

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Prof. Per-Ingvar Brånemark rightly said, “Nobody should die with their teeth in a glass of water.”

Tooth loss results in incompetent oral function, positional changes in the natural teeth, loss of structural balance, and poor esthetics. The goal of the modern-day dentistry is to re-establish the patient's function, esthetics, speech, and comfort.[1] This can be accomplished by a fixed or removable prosthesis. Tooth-supported fixed prostheses, however, cannot be used in cases where posterior abutment teeth are absent. Removable prosthesis does not serve the function as adequately as their fixed counterparts. Alternatively, endosseous osseointegrated implants provide successful and predictable outcomes improving the quality of life, esthetics, and function.[2],[3],[4]

This clinical report describes the use of osseointegrated dental implants for the rehabilitation of a partially edentulous patient.

 Case Report

A 68-year-old female patient reported to the outpatient department of the department of prosthodontics, with the chief complaint of inability to eat food and poor esthetics due to missing multiple anterior teeth.

The patient had a history of prior extractions, over the past 10 years, owing to mobility (suggestive of generalized periodontitis). On intraoral examination, the teeth present included 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 32, 33, 34, and 35. Gingival recession Class II (Miller's Classification, 1985) was noted with 32. Generalized spacing was noted between all the remaining maxillary teeth [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]. An orthopantomograph (OPG) was done using a radiographic stent which showed good bone support for the remaining natural teeth and adequate bone height for implant placement at all sites except at 16 region, where the bone height was only 5 mm [Figure 4].{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

Following oral prophylaxis, intentional root canal treatment was done with respect to 11, 21, 13, 14, and 32. Maxillary and mandibular diagnostic impressions were made, and casts were mounted on a semi-adjustable articulator for treatment evaluation.

The implant placement was planned in two phases, the maxillary jaw followed by the mandible. The surgical procedures were performed under aseptic conditions and prophylactic antibiotic coverage. Local anesthesia was injected and a midcrestal incision was placed in the region of 15–17 and 22–26, respectively. A full-thickness mucoperiosteal flap was reflected, and sequential osteotomies were performed using Tri-Spade drills (Ankylos Surgical kit, Dentsply Sirona York, Pennsylvania, United States) according to manufacturer's protocol. Indirect sinus lift was performed in the region of 16 using an osteotome. The implants were torqued to 35 Ncm (Ankylos, Dentsply, Germany) in the region of 16 (3.5 mm × 8 mm), 15 and 26 (3.5 mm × 9.5 mm), and 23 and 25 (3.5 mm × 11 mm) (Ankylos, Dentsply, Germany) [Figure 5] and [Figure 6] Nonresorbable 3-0 silk sutures (Ethicon Sutures, J&J Medical Devices, USA) were used for the closure of the flap.{Figure 5}{Figure 6}

The patient was asked to continue antibiotics along with the prescribed analgesics (paracetamol 500 mg) and chlorhexidine mouthwash for 5 days. She was recalled for a checkup for suture removal.

The second surgical stage was done after 3 weeks, and the aforementioned presurgical steps were performed. Midcrestal incision was placed in the region of 42–46 and 36, and a full-thickness mucoperiosteal flap was reflected. Sequential osteotomies were done using a 2-mm pilot drill and a 3.5-mm trispade drill at 850 rpm (Ankylos Surgical Kit) in the region of 46, 43, 42, and 36. The implants were placed in the regions of 46, 43, 42, and 36 (3.5 mm × 9.5 mm) (Ankylos, Dentsply, Germany) [Figure 7] and [Figure 8]. Nonresorbable 3-0 silk sutures (Ethicon, India) were placed for the approximation of the flap. The patient was asked to continue amoxicillin 500 mg and paracetamol 500 mg for 5 days.{Figure 7}{Figure 8}

Prosthetic phase

The patient was recalled after 6 weeks, and OPG was done to check for implant osseointegration. Crown preparations were done with 11, 21, 13, 14, and 32 to receive porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) full-coverage restorations. Regular sulcus formers (Ankylos, Dentsply, Germany) were placed according to the available gingival height, and the patient was recalled after a week for making maxillary and mandibular single-stage, implant-level impressions with polyvinyl siloxane (Aquasil putty and light body, Dentsply, Germany). Polyvinyl siloxane-based gingival mask (GI-Mask, Coltene, Altstätten, Switzerland) was applied, and the impression was poured with die stone type IV (Ultrarock, Kalabhai Karson Private Limited, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India). Abutment selection was done using Ankylos abutment selection guide, and jig trial was done in the following appointment to check for accuracy of the impression. The vertical dimension and centric relation were recorded and transferred to a semi-adjustable articulator. The metal trial was done and assessed in the patient to ensure an accurate fit. PFM crowns were fabricated in physiologic occlusion and were cemented using zinc phosphate cement (De Tray Zinc, Dentsply Sirona York, Pennsylvania, United States) [Figure 9]. OPG was taken to ensure no residual cement around the implants. Postcementation instructions were given regarding the maintenance therapy [Figure 10]. At 6-month follow-up, OPG revealed healthy implants and no complications [Figure 11].{Figure 9}{Figure 10}{Figure 11}


The aim of prosthetic reconstructions is to preserve and restore health, esthetics, and function. The procedure explained in this clinical report for the rehabilitation of the edentulous patient resulted in accurately fitted, esthetic, and functionally efficient prosthesis. There were various treatment options for this patient. The fixed restoration provides the psychological advantage of acting and feeling similar to the natural teeth. The removable prostheses such as removable partial denture or overdenture do not provide similar patient satisfaction compared to an implant-supported fixed prosthesis. In this case, rehabilitation of the remaining natural teeth was also done to improve the esthetics. Not only function but a good smile also help in improving the quality of life and give a boost in self-confidence. In the index patient, an organized approach to occlusal reconstruction and esthetic rehabilitation with both implant and tooth-supported fixed restorations was implemented to obtain desired patient satisfaction.

Declaration of patient consent

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