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Broken bar (right side)

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Locator Attachments

Implant Restorations: Case 11

This is a situation we are encountering more often these days. People have had implant restorations in function for many years now and some of them are breaking down as one would expect. Nothing lasts forever. In this case the implants in her lower jaw were still doing just fine but the bar that was supporting the denture had fractured. And the dentures themselves were severely worn. Making another gold bar like the original one would be unnecessarily expensive. And after many years of restoring these cases some things have come along that have greatly simplified and reduced the cost of treatment. While some could argue that the resulting restoration is not identical to the original it is quite satisfactory and much less costly for the patient. Here we replaced the gold bar with something called Locator Attachments. These are a sort of sophisticated snap on mechanism that is extremely retentive. The retention can also be controlled quite easily and replacing the parts is also easy and inexpensive. We also made the new dentures with porcelain teeth which will not wear like plastic ones so the bite will not change over time. They also look great.

Patient Profile

REASON FOR TREATMENT

Broken and warn implant retained dentures