DENS ART OF SMILE
The lack of one or more teeth can cause damage to the bone tissue, chewing problems as well as presenting an aesthetic and psychological issue.
Thanks to implantology techniques it is now possible to replace missing teeth with implants inserted in the bone that are able to support single, groups of teeth or complete arches. The use of implants allows to keep intact the adjacent teeth or to obtain fixed prostheses in patients who could only use mobile prostheses.
How is a dental implant made?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces the root of the tooth. Titanium is a biocompatible material that does not cause foreign body reactions and establishes a direct connection with the bone to obtain bone integration. A stump pin is then applied to the implant to which the prosthetic crown will be screwed, faithfully reproducing the appearance of a natural tooth.
When there is a loss of bone volume in both the jawbone and mandibula the walls of the bones may need to be strengthened. By using synthetic or natural bone substitutes it is possible to regenerate lost bone and therefore making implant surgery possible and safer.
In the past, implantology treatments took some time, even spanning from three to six months before the prosthesis was loaded. Today, however, if the clinical condition allows for it, it is possible to perform immediate loading, or to deliver to the patient a temporary prosthetic artifact after only 24/48h from the insertion of the implant inside the bone structure. The patient will be able to recover his complete chewing functions within a few hours.
Undoubtedly the preliminary assessment on the feasibility of this protocol is fundamental in order to minimize any failures: the dentist will evaluate height and thickness of the bone and, in the event of limited bone material , may propose elevation surgery of the sinus or bone grafts, either synthetic or organic.
All on 4/6
In cases of diffuse edentulism and bone deficiency it is possible to resort to the All on 4/6 technique. It is a protocol that allows to apply a fixed anchor prosthesis with four or six implants to both the upper and lower arches. By tilting the two posterior implants we can utilise long implants in a minimum bone volume, thus increasing implant-bone contact area and reducing the need for vertical bone grafting.