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Which treatment is better: implant or other therapy?

Cases where implant treatment is considered to be especially effective

In implant treatment, an artificial tooth is commonly placed on the abutment after the implant body placed in the jawbone and the surrounding bone bonding firmly together. Therefore, it takes from 3 to 6 months to finish treatment.

CASE 1. A single tooth/several teeth missing due to accident and injury

In cases with a single tooth/several teeth missing due to traffic accidents and sport injuries, the bone around the lost tooth often remains in relatively good condition. Therefore, as there is sufficient bone volume needed for implant placement, such cases may be suitable for implant treatment.
Particularly in young people, it is not wise to cut down healthy teeth around the lost tooth for bridge treatment. Implant treatment allows replacement of the lost tooth without affecting other teeth.

CASE 2. A single tooth missing with healthy adjacent teeth

In cases with a single-tooth missing, bridge treatment is often planned. However, this is not necessarily a better choice as the both healthy teeth adjacent to the lost tooth must be cut down as anchor teeth (abutment teeth), on which a burden is imposed.
Implant treatment allows replacement of the lost tooth without affecting the adjacent teeth.

CASE 3. Missing back tooth

Missing back teeth due to gum disease may cause imbalance in biting, and induce mobility in other back teeth, making it impossible to chew well. As the number of missing teeth increase, a heavy burden (biting force) is imposed on the residual teeth, which may then also be lost. In cases with a back tooth missing, many people will consider a partial denture. However, this choice may cause loss of the healthy front teeth due to the heavy burden imposed on them. Implant treatment allows replacement of the lost tooth without imposing a burden on other healthy teeth.

CASE 4. Ill-fitting full denture

Many people have various type of distress due to an ill-fitting full denture, e.g., pain, difficulty in chewing, and esthetic considerations must also be taken into account during placement or removal of the denture.
All missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, but this choice is often difficult in consideration of the treatment period and associated costs. In such cases, it is possible for several implants to be placed in the edentulous (toothless) jaw on which a special full denture can be fixed*.
As this method can fix the full denture firmly on the jaw, most problems, such as pain and difficulty in chewing due to ill-fitting denture, will be resolved.

  • The treatment results vary among individuals.

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