Everyone had experienced horror of tooth loss in childhood. However this period is only a trifle. It is far worse to lose one’s permanent teeth.
Some people experience misadventures causing the loss of one or more teeth. Teeth may be lost due to dental caries or other gum diseases, for example, periodontitis.
Anyhow, loss of teeth may cause a lot of problems, from awkwardness during communication, up to bone tissue weakness and loss of more teeth.
Also, do not forget the major function of teeth: improperly masticated food may cause disorders of the stomach and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
Recovery of teeth functionality
When the bony tissue of the jaws is not damaged, the best solution for teeth replacement is implantation. During this procedure, a titanium implant is inserted into the bone. Eventually, the implant coalesces with bone tissue. Such healing takes from 3 to 6 months, and at this period the implant consolidates in the jaw.
Benefits of implantation
An implanted artificial root is anatomically very similar to the natural tooth because its anchoring points are inside the jaw; they are strong and immovable. This allows for retaining a most natural smile and the shape of the face. Moreover, adjacent healthy teeth are not affected during implantation, and dental caries does not affect implants (however, this does not exempt one from the obligation to observe oral hygiene and constantly brush your teeth).
Another distinctive feature of the implants, is that such teeth never move from their place when a person is talking or eating, so no inferiority complexes develop due to teeth being out-of-position. Finally, when implants are selected for the replacement of lost teeth, the development of bone weakness and decay is prevented. It is the one and only way to constantly stimulate bony tissue and maintain its hardness, thus preventing more serious dental problems.
“When a tooth is lost, irreversible biological changes develop. Therefore, the time from the loss of the tooth is extremely important”, says oromaxillofacial surgeon Aleksandr Gordevich. “Patients who apply to the odontologist within 3 to 6 months after loss of the tooth, usually have a maximum amount of bone. In such cases, treatment is successful, and the patient may enjoy excellent results”.
After implantation – wait list for prosthetic dentistry
The second step which is needed for the complete restoration of a lost tooth, is prosthetic dentistry. When an implant fully sets in, it becomes a perfect support to which a prosthesis – a fully functional artificial tooth – can be attached. The doctor makes a cast of the artificial root of the tooth and shapes the future tooth with precision.
Prosthetic dentistry is recommended at least between 6 to 8 weeks after implantation. It is important to know that this time element differs for different patients.
One more alternative is tooth transplantation
“When the situation is favorable, there is a possibility to transfer a wisdom tooth in place of a lost tooth. “The chance of tooth acceptance exceeds 90 percent. Later, such a tooth can be treated and cared for in the same way as other teeth”, says oral surgeon Aleksandr Gordevich who has performed a number of successful transplantations.