If we want to help the patient to solve the problem of missing teeth, it is necessary to select an adequate implant solution through analysis and discussion.
When discussing the lack of teeth, patients are regularly talking about one of these three problems:
- Lack of one tooth in a row
- It is resolved by the installation of a dental implant with one dental crown.
- Lack of several teeth in a row
- This is resolved by incorporating one or more dental implants that carry the crowns connected into a dental string.
- Lack of most or all teeth in jaw
- The solution consists of at least 2 and most often 4 dental implants that carry the total prosthesis.
Thanks to the development of a contemporary dental implant, implant therapy can be adapted to the individual. This means that implant solutions are flexible and enable individual access to every patient.
Physical and functional lack of teeth
When we talk with you about choosing an adequate implanting solution, we will take into account the physical absence of teeth as well as the functional disadvantages of the remaining teeth.
Namely, a long-lasting lack of teeth can result in impaired function and health of some of the remaining teeth. They sometimes require treatment and even removal, because taking into account your overall dental health, our goal is to guarantee you long-lasting satisfaction with the built-in dental implants.
Choosing the right solution
Depending on the type of dental implants, we can install one dental crown, a series of dental crowns connected to the dental bridge or a complete dental arch of one jaw. Common to all implant solutions is that they are very stable and patients are easily accustomed to them.
One dental crown on the implant
The term “dental implant” means an artificial root canal made of titanium or ceramics. In order to restore the lost tooth to the patient, it is necessary to install the dental crown on the dental implant.
Dental crowns for implants are made of materials with properties required for functional and esthetic replacement of the lost tooth. At Videntis Dental Center we offer quality, proven solutions for dental crowns:
Made of zirconia ceramics, they excellently reflect the translucency of the natural tooth, its esthetic impression and durability.
Due to a bit less esthetic properties, this is the most affordable but on the other hand very durable dental crown variant, excellent for replacing premolar and molars.
There are two ways to attach the tooth crown to the dental implant. They affect both esthetics and the price of the final solution.
- The dental crown can be screwed and placed directly on the implant. Though more convenient, the crowns on the bolt is not always feasible.
- We place an additional part on the implant, so-called. an upgrading or abutment, linking the crown and the implant together. Abutment can be made of titanium or zirconia. The latter, combined with zirconia-ceramic crowns, give a distinctive esthetic impression.
Choosing how to attach the crown to the implant depends on the dental characteristics of the individual patient. We will recognize what best suits your needs and guarantee the durability and esthetics of the solution.
Dental bridge on one or more implants
Everything in a technical and esthetical sense connected to installation of a crown on the implant is also valid for the installation of a series of crowns on one or more implants. It is, of course, a dental bridge which, unlike a traditional prosthetic dental bridge, does not rely on the neighboring teeth but on the implants.
For this implant solution, we also use zirconia-ceramic, titanium-ceramic, or metal-ceramic crowns
Total dentures on implants
When patients come up with completely teethless jaw, the problem of missing a large number of teeth is solved by total dentures or bridge on the implants. These are very stable solutions, so patients often decide on them after many years of using traditional removable dentures. We divide them into fixed and semi-fixed prosthetic solutions on implants:
- Fixed All-on-4 and All-on-6 dentures.
- Semi-fixed dentures on anchors and on bars
All-on-4 and All-on-6
All-on-4 and All-on-6 are fixed prosthetic solutions where the total denture is installed on 4 or 6 implants. Hence their name: “All-on-4” or “All-on-6”. In some cases, 8 implants are also used because the more implants better distribute chewing force on the jaw. A greater number of implants also guarantee a longer durability of the solution.
Such a solution is particularly appropriate if the patient does not have enough bone in the back region, which is one of the most common obstructions in implant placement. All-on-4 dental implants are then implanted at an angle in the front region without the need for bone rebuilding in the back region.
Benefits of All-On-4 and All-On-6:
- are more comfortable to wear than traditional dentures
- it is easier to get used to speech and chewing
- complete stability
- greater enjoyment of food
- a dentist can remove them for oral health control or for cleaning or filling
As individual dental crowns or dental bridge, the All-on-4 or All-on-6 dentures can be made of non-metal ceramics such as zirconia-ceramics or metal-ceramics and titanium-ceramics.
Dentures on anchors and on bars
To solve the problem of complete loss of teeth we can also use semi-fixed dentures with special joints, so called anchors and bars which are attached to installed implants. We call them semi-fixed solutions because the connecting elements between dentures and implants are designed to allow removal and restoration of dentures without dentist intervention. This is also the main advantage of semi-fixed dentures: thanks to their mobility, the patient can maintain high quality oral hygiene.
Although the dentures on anchors or bars is semi-fixed it is much more stable than the traditional denture, especially when it comes to lower jaw. For dentures on anchors or bars, we usually install 2 or 4 implants are and dental crowns are made of acrylate.
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