Dental Implants – Frequently Asked Questions
What should I choose? A dental implant or a bridgework?
Both treatments have the same purpose: replacing the missing teeth. Each treatment comes with its own advantages.
Which are the advantages of a dental bridgework?
The treatment is much more rapid, and every dentist is able to do it. Additionally, the cost is much lower compared to the dental implants.
Which are the advantages of a dental implant?
The first advantage of a dental implant is the fact that its assembly does not require any interventions on the neighbouring teeth. Additionally, it stops the degradation of the bone tissue, which is a consequence of missing teeth. The implant is much more comfortable for the patient. Also, the implant is highly superior to a dental bridge, particularly from the aesthetic point of view.
How will dental implants affects our lives?
In a good way, obviously. Thanks to the dental implants, we will have functional and aesthetical teeth again and let’s recon, the new teeth will behave and look like the natural ones. We will be able to feed ourselves normally, we will laugh and talk freely and the quality of our lives will undoubtedly increase.
Will I be able to eat the way I did when I had my natural teeth?
After a short period of adjustment, the force and the pressure of the bite will be identical with the ones offered by the natural teeth.
Can the teeth be fixed in the same day?
Basically, the answer to this question is positive. The stability of the implant when it is fixed is measured and if it is satisfactory, a provisional crown can be attached to the implant in the very same day.
During the treatment period will I benefit from a provisional dental work?
Certainly! Irrespective of the case, the patient will benefit from a provisional work, which will cover the missing tooth (teeth).
Dental implant in the frontal area
The frontal area is highly delicate when it comes to placing dental implants. Therefore, to get a result almost identical to the natural look of your teeth, additional helpful solutions are needed to be approached. For a better understanding of these solutions we must revise all problems that may occur in these cases.
How do you choose the right shape and size of the tooth?
In consideration of both the functional and the aesthetical perspectives, the new tooth will be conceived depending on the anatomic details of the cheek bone and the other teeth. The size and the shape of the new tooth are very much influenced by the position of the implant. To have the implant properly and harmoniously integrated into the patient’s denture, it is very important that the first step of the dental treatment be focused on creating the ideal model for the tooth. Only after we have clearly determined the shape and the size, we may proceed to choosing the implant’s position.
How natural is the implanted tooth’s colour?
As we well know, natural teeth have a multitude of shades and different degrees of opacity. This is why we have to use materials that best imitate both the texture and the transparency of the natural teeth, otherwise the tooth assembled on the implant will look differently. The best solution consists in replacing of the titanium abutment with a zirconium one.
Will the natural aspect of the gum be preserved?
Always, after losing a tooth, the gum loses a part of its volume. This is why, after fixing the implant, you will notice a small hole in the surrounding gum it and the gingival parts separating it from the rest of your teeth (the papilla) will be smaller than usual. Thus, the moment the implant is inserted, a small gingival graft can also be made to remedy this deficiency.
Will the gum colour be natural?
The gum is not an opaque tissue and moreover, it has different consistencies, depending on patients. Consequently, it may take a darker shade around the implant because the abutment of a titanium implant has a darker colour. The solution for this problem consists in using a zirconium abutment which has a lighter colour similar to the one of the healthy tooth root. Thus, even if, in time, the gum will draw back, the aesthetic effect will remain unchanged.
Which are the advantages of the crowns fixed on implants?
The first advantage of the prosthetic works performed on the implant is that the teeth look and function exactly as the natural ones. A second advantage is that the implants do not affect the surrounding teeth, being thus perfectly autonomous. A third advantage is offered by the procedure of fixing the dental implant, which replaces the root of the natural tooth, protecting thus the bone against wearing down.
Why should we use a prosthesis for the edentulous spaces?
The loss of a tooth has extremely unpleasant consequences which must be remedied as soon as possible. If we don’t do that, the neighbouring teeth will start to migrate, and the opposite tooth from the other cheek bone will have the tendency to grow in the space left free by the tooth that has been lost, so that the food residue will deposit on the new spaces, causing thus apparition of tooth decays. We will also start having difficulties in chewing the food and this may lead to certain stomach diseases. The loss of bone mass in the free spaces will gradually lead to significant changes in both the face line and the lips’ volume. And if we are talking about the loss of the frontal teeth, we will have to deal with speaking difficulties, besides the aesthetic inconveniences.