Reasons for tooth loss are complex:injuries, negligence of hygiene, diseases of the periodontium, to name but a few. The results of tooth loss have an impact on both aesthetics and the effectiveness of chewing food, which affects our well-being and functioning within society. Most of these problems can be solved by modern prosthetics. However, when there are not enough abutment teeth, implantology becomes very helpful. The introduction of implants into dentistry has revolutionised modern prosthetics, enabling completely novel therapeutic solutions. By using implants as the base, we can offer diverse prosthetic restorations:
- full overdentures,
- bridges replacing complete or partial loss of dentition
- crowns replacing single missing teeth.
Implants offer significant advantages, making them superior to other treatment methods. They improve the quality of life by making it possible to eat various types of food and not having to use denture adhesives. They also let patients achieve better appearance and better health by preventing bone atrophy, which makes it possible to preserve natural gum contours. Moreover, they improve chewing ability, hence improving digestion (see more -> implantology).
The dentist, working together with a prosthetic technician performs the reconstruction of the missing tooth or teeth based on an implant or implants integrated with the bone.An abutment is screwed into each implant, which makes it possible to fix a single tooth or a group of teeth.
Restoring a single missing tooth
The lack of a tooth in a visible area of the mouth may have a negative impact on self-confidence while speaking or smiling. The lack of a less visible tooth is not such a big aesthetic problem, but it may negatively impact the ability to chew, as well as other, adjacent teeth, leading to their displacement, which creates more locations susceptible to build-up of dental plaque and tartar.
A dental implant is a little titan screw, which fulfils the role of an artificial root and constitutes a stable base for the final crown. An implant allows to preserve the health of adjacent teeth, eliminating the necessity for stripping them for the purpose of creating support for a bridge. Dental implants look, function, and feel similarly to natural teeth.
Restoring several missing teeth
In the past, the loss of several teeth was dealt with through fitting bridges supported on teeth or partial removable dentures, which stay in place through the use of brackets.Implant-based bridges eliminate the necessity for using brackets or stripping healthy adjacent teeth in order to use them as support for the bridge. Dental implants serve as artificial roots, constituting stable support for the teeth in the bridge, which behave identically to natural teeth.
Complete loss of teeth
Traditional dentures do not help preserve the alveolar bone. As a result, as time goes by, the bone starts to disappear. The dentures no longer fit, which leads to erosions. Dental implants constitute a solid foundation for overdentures and bridges, guaranteeing their stable and comfortable position, as well as restoration of natural chewing ability. By stimulating the alveolar bone, implants support the preservation of facial structures, thus ensuring long-lasting aesthetic appearance. They also enable comfortable eating, speaking and smiling!
ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANT SOLUTIONS:
- They reduce the chances of damaging healthy, adjacent teeth, e.g. while stripping them before fitting a bridge.
- They can protect gum and bone tissues, contributing to the preservation of aesthetic face appearance.
- They are an alternative to removable and permanent dentures.
- They look, feel and function just like natural teeth – they are stable.
- They do not require the use of adhesives.
- They boost self-confidence.
- They help avoid awkward situations related to loosened dentures.