Removable prostheses supported by a small number of (2-4) implants have been used for many years. Complete edentulous dentures, patients must have at least one removable denture in the upper or lower jaw. Continued bone loss after tooth loss and related aesthetic, health and function problems cause edentulous patients to be implant candidates.
Bone loss in the first year after tooth extraction is 10 times higher than in the following years. After the extraction of more than one tooth, usually 2-3 mm of bone loss occurs in the first six months.
As the bone melts, the muscle ligaments are level with the top of the bone. It is important that implants are placed before bone loss, as bone resorption will occur when expected. Therefore, edentulous patients should be informed about the necessity of dental implants in preserving the amount of bone, chewing muscle activity, aesthetic and psychological health.
The main aim should be to plan the treatment at the beginning so that it will be completed as soon as possible. Longer duration of treatment is better than short-term gain and is beneficial for the patient. If there is no financial problem, the treatment can be planned completely with implant support. If cost is a factor, a removable prosthesis on the implant can be used as a temporary prosthesis to further increase retention.
If you don't have more than one tooth in your mouth, or if the teeth have a good bone-to-gingival connection, the cells that stimulate the formation of the jawbone are also gone. This is because your body doesn't think it needs to support your jawbone anymore. Even if you have a missing tooth, this leads to melting in our jawbone, collapse of the lips, and wrinkles in the chin and skin area. In complete edentulism, this bone loss is more, deformation and lines occur in the skin in the jaw and lower face area, that is, it loses the chewing function as well as aesthetically. suffer a loss and patients may have an older appearance.
The biggest reason that total edentulous implants are an excellent option is because they help protect your jawbone and prevent bone loss. When a removable prosthesis, which we call total prosthesis, which is an older method and which is to be considered instead of implant treatment in complete edentulousness, is made, bone resorption continues, and research has shown that the rate of bone resorption also increases. In addition, eating with these prostheses is not easy at all. Not every food can be easily chewed because it only receives support from soft tissues during chewing.
You will have a more comfortable, confident and overall better quality of life after having an implant in total edentulousness. With implanted teeth it is easier to talk, a pleasure to smile and no problem to eat.