The goal of modern dentistry is to accept a patient at any stage of dental disease, atrophy or damage, restore that patient to normal contour, comfort, function, esthetics and health. In addition to traditional dental disciplines, bone and soft tissue reconstruction and implants are needed in attempting to obtain these goals. Therefore comprehensive implantology utilizes all these in treating the diverse needs of compromised patients.
The dental implants are stronger and more natural looking and providing you with an effective and attractive way to permanently replace missing teeth or dentures.
The implant (false tooth) is supported by a titanium metal screw which is placed into the jaw bone.
ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS OVER DENTURES OR A BRIDGE
- The bone width, height and density of bone is maintained with dental implant into the bone.
- With implants, the teeth are positioned to enhance esthetics and phonetics rather than in the neutral zones dictated by traditional denture techniques to improve the stability of a removable denture.
- The tongue of the denture wearer is flattened in the posterior areas to hold the denture in position. The anterior mandible muscles of facial expression may be tightened to prevent the mandible denture from sliding forward. The implant supported prosthesis is stable and retentive and does not require these oral manipulations.
- The implant supported prosthesis allows reduced flanges and/or plates of the denture. The less soft tissue coverage increases the taste of food and reduces tenderness of the soft tissue.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
- The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health.
- The gum tissues must be healthy and free of periodontal disease.
- The available bone must be in adequate width, height and length.
- The available bone angulations ideally aligned with the forces of occlusion and are parallel to the long axis of the prosthodontic restoration.
DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE INDICATED AS A TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR
- Replacing a single tooth
- Replacing several teeth
- Replacing all of your teeth- implant supported full bridge or complete denture can replace all of your missing teeth.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BONY RIDGE WHEN THE DENTURES ARE USED
Nature has provided teeth within the bone, when the teeth are lost the teeth supporting bone are also lost. Nature takes away from you what you do not use. For example, the person who is confined to bed for a long period of time loses his muscle tone. The muscles get soft and literally wither away. In the mouth, the bone under the gums “shrinks” and denture get loose. Notice in the mouth of a person who has lost half of his or her teeth, the bone is present around the teeth which remains where implants have been placed and properly maintained the tendency is to preserve this bone because the bone is being used is much the same way it was when the natural teeth were present.