Why did dental implants become the standard in dental medicine?

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Author: Milan Tepavac , dmd


Work on implants can be divided into fixed and semi-fixed work if we look at how they function in the mouth, while we may also divide them by type of material on ceramics (with metal or zirconia), zirconium, acrylic and composite.

Given these possibilities then the question arises, how do we decide for the type of work? Our recommendation is mainly based on the number of teeth to be replaced or on the number and quality of the remaining teeth in your mouth.

When a tooth is missing, it is a recommendation to replace it with the implant and crown, which is fixed work.

When three or more teeth are missing, it is recommended to put a bridge on the implants, which has at least two or three braces, which is also a fixed work.

When we are missing all teeth of one or both jaws then we can work fixed or semi-fixed depending on the number of implants, implant placement positions and bone quality.

Dental implants as a replacement for lost tooth tissues have been shown for decades as the most suitable prosthetic aesthetic replacement, one for their structure and form is the optimal replacement for lost dental structures.

With the development and advancement of technology and the standard use of the highest quality materials, the implants not only compensate for the lack of dental structures but also help to maintain the supporting tissues around the teeth themselves, while most others prosthetic replacements such as bridges or dentures do not.

By designing the structure of the implant, paying attention to the anatomical function of the roots of the lost tooth, and by making its outer contours fully mimic the dental root, the function of the stomatognathic system continues even after premature loss of the dental structure. This allows for a continuous transfer of the tearing forces to the alveolar ridge while maintaining its function and preventing the loss of bone structure or atrophy and preventing dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint.

Faster substitution acceptance

The possibility of individualization of prosthetic replacement, i.e. the principle of the lost tooth – the replaced tooth saves healthy dental tissue and there is no “sacrifice” of other healthy dental units. The patient thus maintains the established function, which ultimately means a faster period of acclimatization to the prosthetic replacement itself and its faster acceptance.

With the ever-faster development of technology and materials in dental medicine, countless possibilities are available, both in aesthetic and functional terms, to make the full replacement of the lost dental tissue.

Implants as the first choice

With the very fact that there are no absolute contraindications for the dental implant and that it can be applied in a wide variety of indications, implants become the first choice of doctors in many cases. While patients are increasingly deciding on dental implants as a means of replacing their lost dental tissue.

With the ever-increasing number of applications and all-around use of dental implants, patients become increasingly aware of the benefits of implants, which ultimately helps the therapist in the choice of prosthetic substitutes.

By the advancement of the surgical procedures, the procedures become shorter and less unpleasant to the patient, and this fact contributes to the easier adoption of dental implants and sets them as the first choice in prosthetic rehabilitation of the stomatognathic system. 

The growing use of dental implants makes their pricing better, while not long ago their pricing represented an insurmountable obstacle for patient’s choice.

Considering all of the above-mentioned facts, dental implants have become the gold standard in dental medicine!