Duration: 14 minutes, 30 seconds

Author: Dr. Sascha A. Jovanovic

Single Implant Placement for Missing Upper Premolar – Patient Consultation

Single Implant Placement for Missing Upper Premolar

Patient Consultation

The patient has visited the dental center for a consultation regarding a missing upper premolar. The tooth was lost approximately a year and a half ago due to a fracture, and it was subsequently extracted by their dentist.

Considering Dental Options

During the consultation, the patient’s dentist discussed the available options for replacing the missing tooth. These options included a bridge or a dental implant. However, the patient expressed a preference for the implant due to its long-term viability.

Advantages of Dental Implants

The patient has concerns regarding the potential compromise of other teeth with a bridge. They understand that a bridge involves the use of adjacent teeth as anchors, which may require the removal of healthy enamel. On the other hand, dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth, offering a more conservative approach that maintains the integrity of surrounding dental structures.

Long-Term Viability

The patient believes that the cost of getting a dental implant will be worth it in the long run. Dental implants have a high success rate and can last for a lifetime with proper care. This long-term solution provides stability, functionality, and aesthetics, giving the patient confidence in their decision.

Evaluating Oral Health

The dental center is examining radiographic images to assess the condition of adjacent teeth and bone quality for implant placement. These images allow dentists to identify any potential challenges or complications that may arise during the implant procedure.

Assessing Adjacent Teeth

By reviewing the radiographic images, the dental team can evaluate the health and stability of the neighboring teeth. This assessment ensures that the implant placement will not compromise the integrity of these teeth.

Evaluating Bone Quality

Furthermore, the images provide valuable information about the bone quality in the area where the dental implant will be placed. Sufficient bone density and volume are essential for a successful implant procedure. If the bone is inadequate, additional procedures like bone grafting may be necessary to ensure the long-term success of the implant.


The patient’s decision to pursue a dental implant for their missing upper premolar demonstrates their commitment to a long-term, stable, and aesthetically pleasing solution. The dental center will utilize the radiographic images to carefully plan the implant procedure, taking into consideration the health of adjacent teeth and the quality of the bone.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is dental implant placement a painful procedure?

No, dental implant placement is generally performed under local anesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort for the patient during the procedure.

2. Will the dental implant look natural?

Yes, dental implants are designed to mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. They are customized to match the color and shape of the patient’s existing teeth, resulting in a seamless, natural-looking smile.

3. How long does the dental implant procedure take?

The duration of the dental implant procedure can vary depending on individual cases. On average, the entire process, including initial consultation, implant placement, and final restoration, may take several months to ensure proper healing and integration of the implant.

4. What are the care instructions for a dental implant after the procedure?

Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, are crucial for maintaining the health of a dental implant. Additionally, routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings are recommended to monitor the implant’s condition and ensure its longevity.

5. Is everyone a suitable candidate for dental implants?

While most individuals are eligible for dental implants, certain factors such as overall health, gum condition, and bone density may affect candidacy. A thorough examination by a dental professional is necessary to determine the suitability of dental implant placement.

Add comment