Even little kids know that taking care of your teeth is very important. Not caring for your teeth might not only result in losing them but also in very serious, potentially fatal, health issues. However, sometimes even if we do take care of our teeth, we might lose one or more.
In such cases, dental implants are the ideal option.
Thanks to dental implants, millions of people around the world have made their lives more comfortable and improved their health, with all the benefits that come from a beautiful, natural smile. Getting a dental implant is not just one type of procedure. There are several treatment options that could help people with various problems.
Single Anterior Tooth
Losing a front tooth has very serious impact on our appearance and self-confidence but also on bone resorption and deterioration. There are two ways of replacing anterior teeth. The first one is an immediate replacement with the dental implant or a delayed replacement.
The tooth is surgically removed in a way that does not injure the gum and bone tissues. Most often this is carried out by highly experienced dental surgeons with expertise in tooth removal, in preparation for dental implants. In some cases, where the tooth is highly damaged and the bone is insufficient, a delayed placement of the dental implant procedure is used. In such cases, a bone graft is inserted after the tooth is removed to preserve the natural contours of the gums and bone and the dental implant is inserted at a later time.
Single Posterior Tooth
Often trivialised due to being less visible, the loss of the posterior tooth is in some cases left in such state. Although it does not so significantly affect our appearance like losing a front tooth, it might have long term consequences which could influence not only the appearance of the rest of the teeth but the bite and the pressure on the front teeth when chewing. It is an easier treatment procedure than in the case of anterior teeth. It is important not to ignore a lost posterior tooth because the adjacent teeth will migrate towards it creating gaps in the whole set of teeth.
Multiple Missing Teeth
By the age of 60 the average person has lost about 9 teeth. The reasons are many. It could be because of decay, fractures, root-canal therapy that went wrong and gum disease. With multiple missing teeth, dental implant treatments gets more complicated – the more teeth a person is missing the harder it gets to properly replace them. The consequences of leaving this untreated could result in serious health issues such as bone deterioration, tooth migration and creating more gaps. The teeth in the opposing jaw will get into the gaps when biting and the remaining teeth will wear out quicker because they will need to take on more chewing.
Replacing the whole set of teeth
Using dentures in cases of lack of the whole set of teeth might make it even worse because they put pressure on the bone and gums tissues, quickening the deterioration. If there are some teeth left but are unusable and destined to be lost they should be all surgically removed. Depending on the state of the bone and gums dental implants can be placed in their places immediately or after they are prepared for the implants. If all the teeth have been missing for some period of time, the surgeon must study the state of the bone and decide whether it is fit to receive dental implants or not.
A method of treatment often recommended in cases of multiple missing teeth. It is good for replacing teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. It is a method of securing replacement teeth on just 4 implants instead of using one implant per tooth. This makes it a more attractive choice when it comes to expense. Although it is called All-on-4, sometimes, on the upper jaw where there isn’t enough bone, 6 implants must be used to have sufficient support for the whole arch of teeth. However, this method does not have the success rates of other dental implant replacement techniques, but it is a good method for people who want to deal with their missing teeth faster and at a lower cost.
The system of teeth replacement called Mini Dental Implants (MDI) is a method used to stabilize dentures and is often described as being minimally invasive. It is a practical solution in cases of immediate loading on both soft and dense bone tissues. Mini implants have customisable attachments, a useful feature. However, they do not have the same documented success rates as standard dental implant replacement treatments. Mini implants are often advertised as a great permanent solution for missing teeth but they do not have the durability of normal dental implants. First of all, they were developed as a solution for temporary denture stabilization during which the bone can grow around the dental implant, so their main purpose is not to be permanent.