Dental Prosthetics or Implantation?
By the emergence of implantation dental prosthetics shows a much higher level. All shortcomings that are typical of classical dental prosthetics have been eliminated. Excellent aesthetic results have been achieved and physiological processes of teeth have been restored.
The fundamental difference between the classical dental prosthetics and the implantation lies in the aspect that in the former case the prosthesis is fastened on patient’s live adjacent teeth but in the latter case — on implants. Namely, in order to restore the lost tooth by the help of prosthetics, it is necessary to grind healthy teeth and remove the nerves from them because they are turned into supports
In the case of implantation an implant is rooted instead of the lost tooth forming the support for the crown but the rest of the teeth row remains intact.
Dental Implants and their Advantages
In contrast to the classical dental prosthetics the use of implantation for teeth restoration enables to replace the lost tooth with an implant, which in terms of aesthetic and functional qualities is fully identical to a real tooth. The reliability and life span of the implant considerably exceed the recommended operating period of bridge prosthesis.
The implantation procedure may be performed even if the patient is completely toothless but the classical dental prosthetics in this event is not possible.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- It is not necessary to grind the adjacent healthy teeth, which is a pre-condition for forming a bridge in the case of classical dental prosthetics.
- The placement of implants enables to fill up any number of missing teeth but a bridge in the case of classical dental prosthetics allows for the replacement of no more than three teeth.
- The implantation procedure ensures a natural load on the jaw while as a result of dental prosthetics the main load applies to the supportive teeth.
- The care for implants is absolutely the same as the daily care for natural teeth.
Which is the best option in terms of teeth health?
When classical prosthesis is placed, the adjacent teeth undergo depulping (the nerve is removed) and, moreover, they are ground in order to serve as a support for a bridge. The removal of pulp — connective tissue that fills up the tooth cavity with a large quantity of blood vessels and lymph vessels — leads to the outcome that the tooth stops receiving the necessary minerals, becomes fragile and disrupts fast. This process is reinforced by the additional load of the prosthesis. The teeth become loose and move easier. You have closed up one empty space but in the foreseeable future obtained another two.
However, it does not end up the problems. The classical dental prosthetics does not prevent bone atrophy, which comes on in the location of lost teeth. The reduction of bone volume expresses itself both externally (face shape alterations, emergence of wrinkles and creases on the face) and internally — diminished chewing function leads to gastrointestinal diseases.
- 75% patientswho have had classical prostheses would have chosen implants if they had known the problems they had to face due to bone atrophy.
- The life span of teeth crowns, bridges and all other prostheses increases by 30–40% if they are placed on implants not on live teeth.
- 95% implants that have been placed in 10 years of operation without limiting the chewing function retain the initial stability and functionality.