The existing gaps of the teeth that were pulled or had to be extracted for various reasons have always been a loss for the patient. Patients complain of tooth loss, sometimes with functional loss of chewing efficiency, sometimes with aesthetic concerns, sometimes with speech difficulties, and in fact, most of the time, due to the combination of all these reasons. With this decline in their quality of life, they refer to us as physicians.
In today’s dentistry, treatment methods for extracted teeth vary according to some parameters. The location of the extraction area, the number of remaining teeth, their location, and periodontological health determine the type of treatment. When all these parameters are examined, it is necessary to talk to the patient and determine whether removable prostheses, fixed bridge prostheses or implant treatment should be applied to our patients.
It should not be forgotten that whatever treatment protocol is applied; Being toothless, leaving the toothless area empty and condemning it to its own fate would be the most wrong option. Due to their physiology, teeth always seek a contact, a neighborhood. In the extraction area, the teeth in front of and behind the extraction gap will bend and tip over this gap to provide contact. The teeth above the cavity will also extend towards the lower jaw to seek contact again; As a result, root sensitivities will invite problems such as root caries, gingival recession, bone loss, joint disorders. Bone loss in the existing extraction space is also a very important issue to be considered.
To talk about the treatments to be done, we can basically divide them into 3 as removable prostheses (also known as removable prosthesis), fixed bridge prosthesis and implant treatment. Removable prostheses are more difficult to use and have a longer adaptation period. Although fixed bridge prostheses are relatively more comfortable and easy to use, they are a type of prosthesis that should be considered over and over again as the teeth in front and behind the cavity are reduced and permanently damaged.
With today’s developing dentistry technologies and techniques, implant surgery is by far the first in the treatment of tooth loss. Implants placed in the jawbone with minor operations prevent the loss of the bone where they are located, and allow you to gain a new organ without damaging the teeth on the sides.
Biocompatible, that is tissue-friendly, implants are the most advanced treatment method of today, with a success rate of 98% when done with the right techniques and in competent hands. Completely unrealistic information such as implants melt the jawbone, which is said among the people, leaves patients in a dilemma about implant treatment. We must say again that implants made with the right technique and the right material are by far the most successful, comfortable and least damaging treatment of today’s tooth deficiency treatment.
Especially in cases of complete edentulism, by applying fewer implants, it is possible to provide a much better retention and a much more comfortable life thanks to the removable prosthesis on the implant. It would be correct to see implants not only as fixed treatments, but also as treatments that increase the comfort of patients, which are applied mobile when necessary.
The sooner the implant treatment is applied to the jawbone, which begins to melt immediately after tooth extraction, the more successful and better results can be obtained. Although it is more difficult to implant the resorbed jawbone, implant surgery is successfully performed in today’s dentistry with secondary operations, bone graft applications or sinus lifting operations.
In short, in almost every case, sometimes additional operations are required, but implant treatment is one of the most reliable, successful and comfortable dental treatments.
Trust your doctor!