Dental implant technology has revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry. Over the last two decades, millions of people have received dental implants to replace their missing teeth, and most of these implants are still going strong. Implants offer superior functionality and aesthetics compared to traditional bridgework. The dental implant procedure is conservative and has a high success rate.
However, the success of an implant also depends upon the skill of the operating dentist and the right choice of an implant. The first concern of the dentist before performing an implant is to evaluate the extent of the problem. He or she will determine whether an entire line of teeth needs to be replaced, or the problem is confined only to a particular area. Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace any number of teeth effectively.
In some cases, just a single tooth may have been damaged beyond repair. It could happen due to an accident or a disease or tooth decay. In such a situation only that single tooth structure must be extracted and replaced with a dental implant. The implant technique ensures that the neighboring healthy teeth remain unaffected, and the implant successfully replaces the missing tooth. Over a period of time the implant will integrate naturally with the bone, and it can last a lifetime without any trouble.
Some cases may require full upper replacement of teeth using dental implants as an anchor. This may happen due to a disease or extensive tooth decay that has spread to all the teeth. Similarly, some patients may require full lower replacement of teeth, and it requires the same procedure as used in the case of upper replacement.
Some patients may require a single or multiple anterior replacements of teeth. Dental implants can be used successfully in such cases. Similarly, posterior replacements of teeth can also be performed after careful evaluation of the patient’s condition of the back teeth.
A dentist who is well experienced with dental implants is the best person to evaluate a patient’s condition and advise the right type of implants to restore a great smile.