Prosthetics with implants involves replacing missing teeth or teeth that are beyond repair with artificial teeth that are securely anchored to the jawbone using small titanium posts. Implant-supported restorations have become a popular option for those looking for long-lasting, natural-looking replacements for missing teeth.
There are two main types of implant-supported restorations: dentures and bridges. Dentures are removable prostheses that can replace either a few missing teeth or an entire arch of teeth. Implant-supported dentures offer superior stability and prevent bone loss. They also do not require sticky adhesives that often come with traditional dentures.
Implant-supported bridges are fixed prostheses that are anchored to two or more implants. They are used to replace one or several missing teeth in a row. Implant-supported bridges offer a more natural-looking and feeling restoration than traditional bridges, and they do not involve reducing the size of adjacent healthy teeth to anchor the restoration.
The benefits of implant-supported prostheses are numerous. Firstly, they look and feel very similar to natural teeth, providing a natural looking smile. Secondly, they are very stable, so there is no need for worries about slippage or shifting while eating or speaking. Thirdly, they offer better chewing efficiency and bite force. Finally, implants prevent bone loss that may occur with traditional dentures or bridges.
As for the indications for implant-supported prostheses, the most common indications are missing teeth due to trauma, decay, or periodontal disease. However, there are a few relative contraindications that may affect the eligibility for implant placement, such as uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, and some medications.
In conclusion, implant-supported restorations offer a superior option for those looking to replace missing teeth or teeth beyond repair. With excellent long-term success rates and numerous advantages, they are a popular choice for many people. However, careful consultation and evaluation with a dental professional is important to ensure eligibility for this treatment option.