every dental treatment is made for two main
reasons: health and aesthetics.
Both reasons make people feel more confident in their different
activities: when eating, smiling, and talking; therefore, they
feel better with themselves.
a simple comparison, we can ensure that dental implants
are more alike to natural teeth, since they meet the function
from the root of the tooth or back tooth and have an aesthetic
look just as natural teeth do.
implant supports a dental piece by itself,
whereas a dental bridge implies carving out anterior and posterior
teeth for supporting the prosthesis of a dental bridge.
clearly shows the difference between a dental implant and a
bridge. On the right side of the scale model there is a dental
implant replacing a back tooth. Anterior and posterior teeth
are intact. On the left side of the scale model the same back
tooth is missing but instead of a dental implant,
a bridge was placed. This is why the dentist had to wear out
the anterior and posterior back tooth in order to support the
Image 2 shows the same scale model photographed from the left
side. In the foreground, the worn out back teeth supporting
the bridge are showed (which is next to the scale model). In
the background on the right side of the scale model, the placed
dental implant is showed.
element to take into account is the fact that when a tooth or
back tooth is missing, even if it has been replaced by a dental
bridge or not, bone loss takes place (the bone is reabsorbed
due to the lack of use). This bone loss provokes a reduction
in the jaw, which also provokes a collapse on the face profile
with wrinkles around the mouth, sunken lips, and the nose being
closer to the chin. This is the accurate description of an aging-looking
person, with respect to himself/herself if he/she would support
the bone levels in the mouth by using a dental implant.
The dental implant technique protects bones from being reabsorbed
since the dental implant is equal to the dental root, thus avoiding
discomfort provoked by the bone loss due to such reabsorption.
benefit in favor of dental implants is that
by maintaining the full denture from the root, small pieces
of food do not remain under the prosthesis covering the gum
where the tooth is missing, opposite to what happens with bridges
in the middle term. It provokes infections under the bridge
and on the anterior and posterior teeth that were carved out,
because the daily cleaning does not reaches these places. Normally,
bridges would be removed in order to heal the roots when possible,
as well as to directly remove such root since it is useless.
As a consequence and as time passes by, more teeth will become
we conclude that dental implants are from any
point of view the best solution to replace missing teeth, and
they also have more advantages in each and every aspect compared
to traditional bridges. Nowadays, placing dental implants is
a routine, very simple, and complication-free process if carried
out by a proper professional.
to the affordable costs of dental implants at our clinic, they
are inexpensive monetarily speaking. Finally, in the long term,
dental implants represent the best choice for
the patient’s health and economy.