Dental Implants have become a proven and popular form of dental therapy. An implant takes on the function of an artificial tooth root as it is firmly embedded in the alveolar ridge to serve as an anchor for the artificial tooth. With this high-quality solution, single teeth can be replaced or a whole tooth can be restructured. The dentist inserts the implants into the jawbone where they become firmly anchored, giving an aesthetically pleasing and very functional result.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
For many patients, dental implants have become the preferred alternative to replace missing teeth, whether for the replacement of single teeth or dealing with the whole jaw. Dental implants are a growing trend in dentistry. Reasons for this include the high level of chewing comfort that people experience because of the firm fit of the replacement teeth, and the pleasing aesthetic result in that people end up with very natural-looking teeth. Patients do not experience dental implants as ‘foreign objects’ – they feel that they are eating, speaking and laughing with their own firmly fixed teeth.
The implant is embedded into the jaw as an artificial tooth root by the dentist. Due to the biocompatible implant materials that are used that are well-tolerated by the jawbone, osseointegration occurs, which means that the bone of the jaw grows around the implant, fixing it firmly in place. The advantage of implants over a bridge is that healthy neighboring teeth on either side of the tooth gap do not have to be not ground down to attach a bridge. The implanted tooth fills the gap like a natural tooth with a root.
For many patients, dental implants have become the preferred alternative to replace missing teeth, whether for the replacement of single teeth or dealing with the whole jaw. Dental implants are a growing trend in dentistry.
When are implants useful?
Dental implants are always a sensible alternative when missing teeth need to be replaced. With the advanced and technically sophisticated systems that modern dentistry has developed, dental implants are viable for almost all possible situations in which a tooth or teeth have to be replaced. If only one tooth is missing, the implant serves as a fixed anchor for the implanted crown. The dental technician crafts the dental implant-restauration from material suitable to each individual patient. The result is a natural-looking row of teeth and the healthy neighboring teeth are not damaged.
If several teeth are missing next to each other, several dental implants can be placed in the gap. If necessary, an implant bridge can be constructed to serve as an anchor. The replacement artificial teeth are made in a dental laboratory or, if necessary, can be made directly in the dentist’s rooms. As the teeth are adapted to each individual patient and situation, the result is aesthetically pleasing with teeth that look like natural, healthy and beautiful teeth.
If large areas of the jaw are toothless, implants can be used as supports for a removable partial prosthesis so that a dental prosthesis with an annoying palate plate can be avoided. Depending on the patient’s wishes and the dictates of the specific circumstances, a fixed implant bridge can be used to replace the missing teeth.
DO IMPLANTS ALSO HELP IN EDENTULOUS JAWS?
In the case of edentulous jaws, where large areas of the jaw are toothless, restoration of the jaw by implant-based dentistry is becoming more and more prevalent. Implants can improve oral and jaw function better than traditional complete dentures in patients with edentulous jaws, with a notable improvement in their quality of life.
Depending on the situation, a patient can wear a removable prosthesis, or alternatively, several fixed implants can be utilized. The use of implant therapy in the patient with edentulous jaws provides the patient many advantages. These kinds of dentures are much more stable, as the implants fix the prosthesis very firmly in the mouth.