When is an implant the right solution?
An implant is not just a good solution for older people who, in the course of time, have lost their teeth. Often, younger people are also affected by tooth loss. A collision may happen while playing sports, or an accident may occur that results in the loss of teeth. In some cases, teeth may be missing at birth due to genetic dental aplasias. In addition, a variety of diseases such as periodontitis and/or caries can result in the loss of teeth at any age. The use of a dental implant will restore a person’s natural smile and the functionality of natural teeth.
Of all the alternative options available, a dental implant is the one that most closely approximates the natural tooth. Implants provide a firm foundation for support and positioning of a dental crown. It can also be used as an anchor for fixed bridges and removable partial or complete prostheses. Dental implants can prevent incorrect loads on natural teeth, as well as the degeneration of the jawbone and diseases of the temporomandibular joint.
There are three different types of artificial tooth replacement: the single tooth restoration, the replacement of several teeth and the replacement of all missing teeth.
If you loose one tooth, it can be replaced by an implant with excellent results.
Replacement of several teeth
If several teeth are missing, implants can be used as columns for bridges. Teeth missing in between can be replaced by pontics. Therefore, it is not necessary to replace every missing tooth with an implant.
Replacement of all teeth
If all teeth need to be replaced, implants provide a support to stabilize the prosthesis to ensure a firm fit.
Option 1: fixed bridge (can only be attached and removed by a dentist)
Option 2: removable
In contrast to the fixed denture, the full denture can be removed by the patient. The implants are provided with a retention element (bar, button or similar) that snaps or fixes to the prosthesis when placed in the mouth, making it more secure and stable than traditional dentures. The patient can then remove the denture with little effort for daily cleaning.