Upper Molar Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth – Case Study -Dr. Amin, Burbank

Upper Molar Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth – Case Study -Dr. Amin, Burbank

Upper Molar Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth – Case Study -Dr. Amin, Burbank

Upper Molar Implant Example

Here is a nice basic case to follow from beginning to end.

This man’s upper molars on one side were in bad shape:

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The teeth were extracted and replaced with three dental implants in my office in Burbank.  He also had a deep cleaning.

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The color denotes the size of the implants.

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Standard abutments were able to be used rather than custom abutments.  This helps reduce cost, but many implant surgeons don’t know how to place implants to prevent having to use custom abutments.

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Final Teeth:
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He was really happy to have teeth again.  He can eat anything he wants! The bone is stable and the gum is healthy.

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

18 Comments

  1. Catherine

    Dr. Amin,
    I need to have molars #14 and 15 removed because of cavities that have gone below the gum line. My dentist wants to put in implants for both teeth. I noticed in these photos that you did not place an implant for the very back molar. Is there a reason for that? Also, if I choose to have the teeth pulled and do the implants at another time, do I need to have bone grafting? How long does bone grafting last?

    Thank you.
    Catherine

    April 25, 2016 at 6:33 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      If you have both teeth opposing on the bottom then it is best to have two implants up top. Generally in this area I would suggest the implants be connected for strength and durability to increase longevity for the bone graft and implants. Oftentimes tooth number 15 is not replaced because the opposing lower molar is not present or it provides enough of a bite with a single tooth. This would be a compromise as opposed to having two upper molar connected dental implants. There is also a high likelihood that you would need sinus bone grafting just based on anatomy.

      April 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply
  2. wade denny

    Dr. Amin,

    I am in braces now and I am getting them off soon, I am having an implant put in No. 3 upper molar …would you recommend the traditional implant 4-6 mm, with longer heal time (4-6 months)… or mini- 1-2 mm with a 4 – 6 week heal time? I am finding conflicting information on the internet and opinions from local surgeons and dentists…

    May 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Wade,

      Definitely have the real implant done. The mini is not designed for long term tooth replacement. They bend and break when used for this application. Your molars are an area of high force. The regular implant is the way to go without question. It is a bit unusual that you were even offered a mini implant here IMHO.

      I hope this helps you!

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

      May 16, 2013 at 3:10 am Reply
  3. Monika

    Hello,

    I am just getting a crown done on an implant that I had done 2 years ago. I have just had first fitting but asked to have it redone, because it wasn’t aligning properly. However, the crown also seems too flat and not at all cone shaped as I see mostly. Is that correct so? It just sits on the implant as on a stick.

    Looking at your work, which is really nice, I see they are cone shaped. Also, does the gum grow around it eventually? In my case where the gums have grown around the implant, could they be cut when the crown is fitted so they better wrap around the tooth?

    Not sure if you are still checking this page but any feedback would be really great.

    Thanks a lot,
    Monika

    April 5, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Monika,

      Did you have a temporary crown on the tooth for the last two years to “shape” the gums?

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

      April 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm Reply
  4. Muhammad

    Hello Dr.Amin

    I recently lost my right side upper molar teeth, is it possible to get these as replacements. How much is the cost? I am in Canada.

    regards
    Muhammad

    December 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Muhammad,

      A dental implant can replace any tooth in the mouth. Certainly molar teeth are extremely important. I would suggest you replace them as soon as possible to prevent bone loss and bite collapse.

      Rather than shop for a body part by price, find a well qualified, experienced dental implant dentist that you are comfortable with.

      Typically those with the most experience can do the procedure for less cost and better results. Average cost is about $4000 to $5000 in 2013.

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

      January 6, 2013 at 5:29 am Reply
  5. Steve

    One last question….with reference to the stayplate mentioned above…would they be adequate for chewing, especially if someone is missing more than one upper molar and wants to get multiple upper molars replaced. I can see how chewing function would be compromised during the implant process if multiple molars were missing. Thanks again for your respsonse. Great blog and wonderful website…best I have ever seen for dental issues!

    March 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm Reply
    1. Hi Steve,

      The stayplate is “ok” for chewing when you are having multiple molars replaced. It is more for cosmetic purposes and holding the other teeth from shifting. It shouldn’t be “sugar-coated” to say it is easy and wonderful. Many patients opt not to have a stayplate for the back teeth during healing.

      Fortunately, the temporary time is short-lived. It is a short-term sacrifice for a long-term benefit.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S., D.A.B.O.I.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

      March 12, 2012 at 2:20 am Reply
  6. Steve

    I was wondering what the total time would be to replace an upper first molar, from pre-planning and grafting to the time the implant is placed…barring any complications. Also, is a CT scan always required when placing upper molar implants and how many are usually taken?

    Thanks,
    Steve
    Van Nuys, Ca.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply
    1. Hi Steve,

      If the tooth is not present, the average time would be about four months. If the tooth is present, then extraction and possible bone grafting would be done allowing about four months for healing before the dental implant. Often times, if the anatomy is ideal, the implant can be placed at the same time as the extraction. So the shortest time would be three to four months and the longest about eight to nine months.
      A CT scan determined on a case by case basis. If the scan is needed for the dental implant, one is usually sufficient.

      Does this help?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S., D.A.B.O.I.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      March 11, 2012 at 5:24 am Reply
      1. Steve

        Yes. Thank you. Glad you are so close in Burbank as I may be heading your way! Much appreciated.

        Steve

        March 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm Reply
  7. alex

    Thanks for the response Dr. Amin.
    Alex

    September 27, 2011 at 8:26 am Reply
  8. Hi Alex,
    He had been missing these teeth for many years.
    If teeth are desired during the healing process, a stayplate denture can be made as a temporary very easily.
    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
    Voted Best Dentist in Burbank -2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
    http://www.burbankdentalimplants.com

    September 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm Reply
  9. alex

    Dr. Amin,
    Did this gentlemen wear a partial denture until the implants were placed, so that he could chew as normal as possible until implant placement. How does one deal with missing upper molars until implants treatment is done?
    thanks,
    alex

    September 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm 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!!!