and Why they are needed
The goal of modern implant dentistry is to
return patients to oral health in a predictable fashion. The partially and
completely edentulous patient may be unable to recover normal function,
aesthetics, comfort or speech with traditional removable prosthesis.
The patient's chewing and eating ability will
often be reduced to 25% of natural dentition when wearing complete dentures.
However, an implant stabilized and
often return function to near normal limits. The aesthetics of the
edentulous patient are also affected as a result of bone atrophy.
Continued resorption leads to irreversible facial changes, with the chin
becoming much more prominent and the red border of the lips becoming less
visible. The face takes on the appearance of premature aging, with
the decreased facial height, which can be corrected with newly designed
prosthesis. Correct positioning of teeth will also improve speech
especially the silibant or "S" sounds and fricative or
"F" sounds, which may have change with
the defective prosthesis.
An implant stimulates the bone and maintains
its dimension and density in a manner similar to healthy natural teeth. As a
result, the patient's facial features are not compromised by lack of support.
In addition, implant-supported restorations are positioned in relation to
aesthetics, function, and speech, not in "neutral zones" of soft
The soft tissues of the edentulous patient's jaw are often
tender from the effects of thinning mucosa, decreased saliva flow, and unstable
and moveable prosthesis. The implant-retained restoration does not require
tissue support and improves oral comfort. Finally, speech and function are
compromised with removable prostheses, in which the lower complete denture may
move as much as 10mm from the supporting structure during function. The tongue
and perioral musculature maybe compromised to limit the movement of the
mandibular prosthesis. The implant overdenture prosthesis is stable and
retentive without the efforts of the musculature and therefore, offer more
predictable treatment. Implant supported teeth offer a more predictable
treatment course than removable complete dentures. The dental profession,
insurance companies, and public are becoming increasingly aware of this.
Follow the links below to learn more about specific
treatment utilizing dental implants
Utilizing X-Ray and Computer Technology
Surgical Guide For Dental Implant Surgery
a Congenitally Missing Tooth or Lost Teeth with Dental Implants:
Sinus Grafting with Implant Placement:
Treating Advanced Mandibular Bone Loss: Placing Implants
and Bone Grafting:
- CASE 1
- CASE 2
- CASE 3
TEETH-IN-1DAY: Fixed Detachable Prosthesis with Immediate Loading of Mandibular
with Immediate Implant Placement: