For a long time, orthopedists had only one option: to grind their teeth and put on them a bridge structure; consequently, it replaces missing teeth, but with the development of medicine, a replacement option appeared in the form of a dental implant, which is more physiological. On the one hand, anyone wants to reduce the cost of an expensive implantation technique; on the other hand, we don’t want to go to the orthopedic dentist for as long as possible. Let’s look at the implantation option.
Implants are much more advanced and complex, both technologically and practically; however, this is the only option for replacing missing teeth at the moment, which gives patients the opportunity to chew, smile and live a normal life without affecting neighboring teeth next to the removed one.
The main disadvantages are:
The cost is higher (but this is not always the case – for example, the return of one missing tooth by implantation technique comes out at about the same cost as the manufacture of a bridge with the preparation of teeth for prosthetics under standard conditions for bone volume). The timing of the return is a moot point. Nowadays, a simultaneous load is often used under good conditions – this is when a temporary crown is immediately made when an implant is placed and it turns out that this option is the fastest. It takes 1.5–2 weeks to make a bridge, plus 2–4 visits of the abutment. It turns out that following the implantation technique, the patient can almost immediately get the result, and with bridge structures you need 3 weeks and many visits (2-4 visits by a therapist, 3 by an orthopedist, 1 by a periodontist) – there is a very big loss of time, which is very valuable for many people.
Fear of any surgical manipulation: To date, this is a solvable problem in the presence of an anesthetic department and the possibility of using sedation in the clinic, patients undergo all the manipulations calmly, comfortably and without stasis.
The use of implants gives the patient a number of advantages:
- There is no need to use adjacent teeth, i.e. no need to grind and remove nerves from adjacent teeth.
- The ability to use prosthetics quickly enough: In some cases, the implant can be installed immediately after tooth extraction or after a short period of time, which reduces the standard protocol of work by an average of 2-6 months.
- The bone load transmitted by the implant is comparable to the natural one. Practice shows that if implantation is not delayed and the implant is placed immediately after removal, then bone atrophy will be only 2-3 percent. Thanks to this, it is possible to maintain the volume of the bone crest and gums necessary for aesthetics to recreate a beautiful smile.
- Excellent implant integration (survival) rates (96-98%) due to the use of hypoallergenic materials.
- The ability to use implants with removable prosthetics when fixing removable and conditionally removable structures.
- So, the choice is yours and you need to consider all the moments and your wishes.