New possibilities in dentistry
We can help many patients with an implant-supported denture, meaning that their existing denture will be supported by and attached to implants. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped and they fit into sockets on the denture. This can be done without a complicated surgery, implants are positioned in the bone under the gum and allowed to heal. A CT scan should be used to evaluate bone quality in the jaw.
What kind of teeth can be replaced by an implant?
The answer is simple: any kind, provided that the volume and density of the jaw bone allows it. A panoramic RTG image or a CT scan can be used to ascertain that.
In the case of a single missing tooth there is no need to reshape the neighboring, intact teeth.
In the case of a missing back tooth an implant can be used to avoid having a partial denture.
When all teeth are missing, we can provide a few different solutions.
Dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges or the previously mentioned implant-supported denture, which can be removed if needed. Even if all teeth are missing, there is a possibility to provide an immidiate loading implant and a temporary long-term cemented denture.
Choosing the right treatment needs to be based on the individual circumstances. A dental implant is a long term solution, possibly lasting for decades. Thus careful planning and providing the patient with the necessary information is paramount in order to choose the optimal solution, together with the dentist.
Dr. Viktor Czina