Why have a dental implant?
The birth of a new tooth in a most natural way.
Our parents and grandparents and all previous generations were resigned to the fact that a lost tooth couldn’t be replaced: in modern times, in the 20th century, new technologies and increased know-how enabled dentists to develop techniques such as bridges as well as removable prostheses and full dentures, depending on how many teeth needed replacing. It was often necessary, however, to position these substitutes on remaining teeth that had to be filed down and unavoidably ruined.
DENTAL IMPLANTS, with the affirmation of modern osseointegration implantology, make it possible for today’s dentists to give missing teeth back to patients, without touching the remaining healthy teeth. This is done in a very natural way: a new titanium root is implanted, titanium being a completely allergen-free metal which has the unique property of fusing directly to the bone. The bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface, essentially locking the implant into the jaw-bone. The replacement tooth or teeth are then constructed by specialized dental technicians to match the natural enamel colour of each patient, offering a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.
Modern implantology allows us to replace a single missing tooth , several missing teeth or a full arch: all teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both.
If missing teeth are not replaced, a lowering of the gum and supporting bone takes place, followed by the “caving in” of the face, leading to premature ageing.
The loss of a tooth provokes a series of physical, functional and esthetic changes. The first, most obvious, consequence is the gap in a person’s smile. Secondly, considerable chewing difficulties are encountered along with the inability to enjoy a normal diet.
The loss of one or more teeth is followed by two serious results: the displacement or inclination of the remaining teeth and bone loss and re-absorption, in terms of both height and width. Chewing usually keeps the jaw bone strong, the face tonic and younger looking. Thus the importance of keeping teeth healthy.
The replacement of missing teeth using implants offers a permanent solution to both problems..
Traditional techniques to replace missing teeth
Conventional treatments are still successfully used in cases where it is not possible to insert implants: crowns on bridges, removable prostheses or traditional dentures. Although they are valid solutions for solving chewing difficulties and enhancing esthetics, they cannot prevent bone re-absorption, the bone no longer functioning as previously, being less subject to chewing pressure. Moreover, crowns and bridges need the sacrifice of healthy teeth, partially filed down, in order to rest on them. This involves the risk of fastidious endodontic treatment (devitalizing) and of future decay caused by weakening. If, subsequently, such “pillars” fail and have to be extracted, neighbouring teeth will have to be the new supports, with the result of damaging more healthy teeth and provoking further bone re-absorption
DENTAL IMPLANTS can avoid all this. Healthy teeth remain untouched, the bone containing the implant is kept tonic and strong through chewing. This is why most dental health structures today define dental implants as being the best therapeutic option to replace missing teeth.
Why choose DENTAL IMPLANTS?
- They are an investment in your health;
- They are the ideal alternative for replacing teeth as they prevent bone re-absorption and the displacement or inclination of remaining teeth;
- They are easier to clean than bridges;
- When one or more teeth are missing, the surrounding gum and bone shrink. This causes a biological imbalance which alters chewing, the stability of remaining teeth and, if a number of teeth have been lost, also the shape of the face, jeopardizing attractiveness;
- Implants prevent gum and bone deterioration.