A tooth missing? So what?

Teeth are that part of an organism that is incapable of self-healing. Their irreversible loss is accompanied by a change in facial features and chewing functions that negatively affect the entire digestive system.

Consequently, common diseases can develop reducing life expectancy. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a good solution to this problem – dental implantation.

Artem Kishchenko, a dental surgeon and implantologist at Dental Studio “Smile”, tells us why implantation is important as well as about advantages and disadvantages of this procedure:

– “It often seems to us that one or two missing teeth, unless they are front teeth, are not a problem. This is not true! Even one missing tooth entails a number of adverse consequences. The remaining teeth begin to shift and affect occlusion, food gets constantly stuck in increased interdental spaces. As a result, the most common and unpleasant dental diseases can develop: gingivitis, periodontitis, and caries.

Any part of the body that does not experience any loading gradually atrophies; this also applies to our jaws. If the tooth has been missing for a long time, the bone dissolves and in some time the patient will face the need to grow the bone before placing implants. The situation deteriorates if some teeth are missing in the same dental arcade. This affects facial features: cheeks sag, and the corners of the lips go down. Therefore, even one lost tooth is already an indication for dental implantation.

A dental implant is a small titanium construction that is used to replace the root part of a lost natural tooth. Over time, it grows together with the bone and serves as a support for fixing the crown or prosthesis. Many view implantation as a very serious operation. In reality, in terms of complexity and sensations, implant placing differs little from other dental procedures. It is important to know that an implant can serve a lifetime in case of no injuries or serious diseases. And old age is not a contraindication. Implantation was originally developed as a way to help aged patients.

Tooth implantation has its disadvantages and it is important to realize them. As a rule, the following shortcomings of dental implants are given: a long implant survival, contraindications to surgery, a costly procedure, especially in the case when extra manipulations are necessary. A long postoperative period (3 to 6 months) is required for the osseointegration process – for the implant and the jawbone to grow together. At the same time, the manufacturing of a bridge, adhesive, acrylic, nylon or clasp prosthesis will take less than a month.

The abovementioned cons are facts you cannot disrespect, but the high price for implantation is sooner a myth rather than a disadvantage. High-quality removable dentures or a bridge prosthesis cost as much as implantation. However, it is necessary to take into consideration additional procedures in case of insufficient bone tissue (if a tooth was missing for a long time). Bone grafting or sinus-lifting can be as costly as the implantation itself.

Finally, I want to say that tooth implantation is a complex, multi-stage process that requires a responsibility from both the doctor and the patient. It is very important to find a professional you can fully trust.