Before

Before

After

After

Treatment: Extraction of single tooth 7 (her right lateral incisor) and replacement with a dental implant
and crown
Sometimes things happen, and teeth fail. This patient came to us with her right lateral incisor having changed
colors and erupted more – or, in simpler terms – it had gotten longer. The reason for this was that the root
of the tooth had fractured, and it would have to be removed. So we would be faced with replacing a
single tooth and matching it to her existing dentition. Not a easy task. The treatment of choice today is to
replace the tooth with a dental implant. Many offices would also treatment plan veneers or crowns for
the other front teeth to help hide the implant, to help it blend into the other restorations. This patient really
did not want that, and just wanted to fix the one tooth. So that is what we did, and I think we did it
pretty well. Socially, no one will ever know that her right lateral is not her own, that it is in fact a dental
implant. And when you look at the retracted view, many dentist would not know as well. Mission
accomplished.