Implant Bridges – Upper Back Teeth Case Example

Implant Bridges – Upper Back Teeth Case Example

Implant Bridges – Upper Back Teeth Case Example

Many people lose all of their back teeth on the upper or the lower jaw. Implant fixed bridges can replace your back teeth.

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My patient had broken the teeth on her upper bridge.  When that happens, the whole bridge fails and the teeth need to be extracted. The other side had no teeth at all.

What you are looking at are the broken, decayed roots.  The orange dots inside the teeth are root canal remnants.

The upper back teeth often time take the longest of all the teeth to replace.  This is because the bone is very soft in this area.  It is soft because the bone is full of bone marrow rather than the hard bone cortex.  Softer bone takes longer to heal around dental implants than harder bone. I highly suggest watching this short video. (if you cant see it click this link:  https://burbankdentalimplants.com/video-hard-or-soft-bone-what-is-better-for-dental-implants/)

Her plan and timing were as follows:

        Extract the teeth and bone graft the sockets> Wait four months for initial healing > Place the implants with an internal sinus lift for the upper right back most molar> Wait four months for the implants to heal > Make impressions for the real porcelain teeth and send to the lab > Place the final abutments and cement the bridges.

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If you do the math, this turns out to be about 9 months.  Many areas of the mouth can be done as same day procedures without the wait.  In other instances, going slow with each step greatly increases the chance of success.  Each person and situation is so different.

In her case, two implants were used on each side to support “three unit bridges.”  This means that three teeth are being replaced with two implants.

She was so happy.  She will be returning to have dental implants for her lower missing molars!

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California

4 Comments

  1. Gennaro

    Hi M.B, my name is Gennaro, from The Bronx, in NYC, and I’m 54 years old… I have many missing top teeth, with old bridgework that finally went bad, leaving me with exposed roots, and stubs of tooth matter left in my gums! For the past couple of years, I was homeless, living in my rented taxi, neglecting myself, and was very depressed… Thank GOD, a dear friend had taken me into his home, and now I’ve decided to have these other back top teeth and stubs removed, get a temporary Valplast Flexable Partial Denture, which will allow me to smile again… My long term goal, when I save enough money, is to get 2 Permanent Implants, and have a fixed bridge connected to my front showing teeth? I don’t want Titanium made, because of the known corrosive breakdown of their composites that can happen thoughout the years, causing other health issues! My father is one of them… I would look into Ceraroot Zirconia Implants, because they are less likely to cause health issues, doing enviormentally well in the jawbone, after having a them for many years? Anyway, nothing is certain, but as for myself, I feel more comfortable and assured heading in that direction of the dental work needed to be done… RealIy, I want and need to smile feeling more confident in myself, GOD BLESS, and Be Well…

    May 31, 2019 at 1:34 am Reply
  2. John Wilson

    excellent information here. Thank you so much for posting this

    May 20, 2019 at 1:39 am Reply
  3. M.B

    Hello,
    I am 28 years old, from Algeria, I was searching about dental implants and I found really interessting information in your website, I thank you for the effort you made to put it all together.
    My issue is that I lost many teeth, 4 molars (2 in the lower jaw left side, one in lower jaw right side and 1 in upper jaw right side), and the last in the lower jaw is with fillin due to lack of caring in a time when I suffered from depression, and to be honest I didn’t care at that time.
    Now that I am out of that black hole I got like a wake up call, and I feel really terrible, specially that I am still young.
    I really hate myself and feel really terrible now … and reading about the disadvantages of implants (specially losing bone density ” I refused to extract the roots and they are still in the bone now”) makes me really scared about the future, coz I thought it could be a solution if I manage to raise enough money, but now I am really confused, specially that there aren’t high skilled Doctors here in Algeria, and no enough information, and the prices (1000$/implants) makes me doubt the quality I would get.
    I wish I had the possibility to be checked in this clinic, but I guess it is impossible for now, specially that I get 500$ a month, but I hope you can give me advises about what should I do.
    Thanks
    Thank you in advance

    July 18, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi MB,

      I don’t know what living in Algeria is like. If you do end up having dental implants there, you need to make sure your dentist is highly trained and experienced in them. You could end up with bigger problems if they are not done correctly and worse yet have no one capable of correcting/treating problems.

      Do your due diligence. I wish you the best.

      Respectfully,

      Dr. Amin.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:19 am Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!