Missing Teeth Replacement Treatment
Dental Implants are another method through which missing teeth can be replaced. Among all other Teeth Replacement Treatment; Fixed Bridges, Removable Partial Dentures, Complete Dentures, the Dental Implants are consider as more stable treatment. These Dental Implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that provide the same function as a natural tooth root. Essentially, implants are titanium posts (they come in different sizes and lengths) that are surgically implanted in the upper and/or lower jaw bone. Implants are constructed from titanium because of the metal’s durability, strength, and bio compatibility with human tissue.
Dental Implant Precautions
Depending on where implants have been surgically placed in the jaw it is recommended that the patient wait a minimum of 4-6 months before placing the final crown/restoration on the implant. The reason for this is that within those 4-6 months, sometimes longer, the titanium of the implant and the bone within the jaw actually physically integrate with one another. If the implant is restored too soon, forces generated by a patient’s bite will prevent osseointegration from ever occurring which will result in implant failure.
Dental Implant Advantages
So what are the advantages and disadvantages of this treatment? The advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages. If a patient opts for Dental implants to replace missing teeth versus a bridge not only will it produce a better esthetic outcome, the implant will physically feel more like a natural tooth than a bridge.
In addition, since implants integrate with bone they help preserve bone and prevent bone loss, as opposed to a bridge. This significantly increases the esthetic outcome.
Implants have also proven, through numerous studies, to have very high success rates even over periods of 10-20 years. They also provide better stability and help distribute biting forces more evenly throughout the mouth.
In a bridge all biting forces generated on the artificial tooth are transferred to the abutment teeth which reduces their long term prognosis. Remember that to fabricate a bridge, the abutment teeth must also be prepared for crowns. This holds true even if they are free of decay.
In contrast, no other teeth need to be prepared when replacing a missing tooth with an implant. Dental Implants can also help to significantly increase stability and retention of both upper and lower dentures.
Dental Implant Disadvantages
However, implants do have a downside as well. They can be quite costly. In addition, it takes a longer period of time to replace the missing tooth/teeth since the dentist must wait a minimum of 4-6 months after surgery to restore the implant with a crown or place a denture over the implants.
Our office does not perform the actual surgery of placing implants within the jaw bone. If a patient is diagnosed to have implants, the patient is referred first to an oral surgeon or periodontist. One of these specialists surgically places the implant in the patient’s jaw. Once enough time has passed for healing and osseointegration, the patient comes to our office to have the implant restored with either a crown, bridge, or overdenture. For further information please feel free to contact our Dental Clinic.