Loss of teeth has important functional and psychological implications especially if their replacement involves wearing a denture or the undertaking of extensive preparation of otherwise healthy teeth to restore the gap. Some patients may suffer from uncomfortable or poorly retained false teeth and placement of dental implants can significantly improve the performance of dentures.
Dental implants are recognised as a predictable treatment option for replacing missing teeth so that patients regain a comfortable and effective bite.
In may cases dental implants can allow removable dentures to be dispenses with completely by replacing them with fixed bridgework similar to natural teeth with not only an aesthetically pleasing appearance but also, almost more importantly, a virtually natural function.
If there is a loss of a single tooth an important concept is that restoration of the space does not involve treatment to or trimming down of adjacent teeth as might be required when preparing the mouth for a conventional fixed bridge.
A socket is preapred in the bone of the jaw and the implant is then placed. the gum tissue is then stitched over the implant and a period of time is allowed for the implant to integrate with the bone. A secondary procedure is then undertaken to expose the implant and prepare it for impression taking for the placement of the crown, bridge or denture.
It is important that the surgeon placing the implant works closely with the prosthodontist specialist so optimum results can be achieved.