Dental implants surgery are actually more tooth saving than traditional tooth bridge, since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Aesthetic: Teeth implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since Teeth implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and removable dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Tooth saving: Teeth implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Confidence: Teeth implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about displaced removable dentures and messy removable denture adhesives.
Reliable: The success rate of teeth implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
The ideal candidate for a tooth implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dental Implants Surgery are indicated as a treatment option for:
Replacing a Single Tooth: If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Replacing Several Teeth: If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Tooth Implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing All of Your Teeth: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Tooth Implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Implant retained dentures are dentures which are functionally assisted by dental implants. There are a variety of reasons why people may not be able to wear a traditional removable denture.
Lower jaw: Losing your teeth leads to bone loss which continues over time. If a substantial amount of bone loss occurs, the lower jawbone may not be able to support a fixed denture. Inserting two implants into the lower jawbone provides a solid foundation for a fixed denture that otherwise a patient may not have been able to wear.
Upper jaw: Some people may not be able to wear traditional upper fixed dentures because their jawbone has shrunk away with no ridge and insufficient palate depth to hold a full upper fixed denture in place. Patients can also have a gag reflex which is oversensitive and they cannot tolerate the roof of their mouth being covered with a fixed denture base. Having upper implants placed allows the size of the fixed denture base to be reduced and made into an arch shape, rather than occupying the entire palate.
Mini-implants may be used when traditional implants are not suitable, especially if the patient's jawbone is not sufficient enough to support standard implants. Although mini implants are not considered a long term solution there are some advantages:
The procedure is generally non-invasive and doesn't require the gums to be cut open. The treatment can be performed under local anaesthetic. The procedure and recovery time are quicker than with traditional implants. The treatment is less expensive than standard implants. Mini implants can be used as a temporary solution as part of a treatment plan involving standard long term implants.
Implants generally last 10-20 years, depending on the location of the implant and patient compliance with oral hygiene and dental visits. Because molars receive more stress and wear and tear, these implants typically do not last as long as implants located at the front of your mouth.