The preservation of the surrounding area is essential for maintaining the functional capacity of new single dental implants. As soon as the patient has received their dentures, they will be instructed by their dentist as to proper hygiene techniques specially designed for implant care. As far as domestic tooth and implant hygiene is concerned, there are optimal tools which are also explained to you. Maintenance also includes regular follow-up care by a trained dental hygienist including a professional cleaning.
Do you wear a removable prosthesis? Is implantation still a possibility? The chances are good that people with conventional “third party” prostheses can also enjoy life thanks to a fixed prosthesis on dental implants! By wearing a removable prosthesis, the jaw bone slowly forms. But thanks to state-of-the-art technologies such as three-dimensional X-ray diagnostics, the jaw can be precisely measured. The precise positioning and the angle of the implants can then be planned in advance on the dentist’s computer. In addition, there are special shortened and angled implants, which are perfectly adapted to a lower bone supply. On the whole, in many cases, technologies and materials enable the setting of dental implants, even without bones.
Is implantation the optimal solution for you? This question cannot be answered here. For whom an implant is an optimal solution in individual cases, only the specialist can answer – after a consultation and thorough investigation in a dental practice. However, since dental implants are currently available in implant dentistry, there are many dental procedures and methods available for most patients.
In the area of missing teeth, the jawbone builds up due to non-stress. This is also known from space travel – a lack of stress and stimulus of the muscles leads to muscle depletion. Similarly, this occurs in the area of the jaw bone. Oral bone loss is the result of a reduced load or the increased occurrence of bone-dissolving cells (so-called osteoclasts). In addition, the muscles involved in chewing disappear when they become inactive. In contrast to a toothless situation, all the chewing forces are distributed evenly on teeth and the implants, thus preserving the jawbone.