With conventional methods, the two healthy neighboring teeth have to be ground down in order to fix a bridge in place. This results in a loss of natural tooth surface. Furthermore, the bridge does not transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, so bone deterioration may also occur. See Bone Preservation
The dental implant replaces the root of the original tooth, while the healthy neighboring teeth remain intact without having to be ground down.
Even the best prosthesis will always be a foreign body that requires extensive care. By contrast, a dental implant is simply an artificial root, which on healing, merges with the body and acts likes a natural one.
Functionality and visual appearance go together. An implant-borne restoration looks like a natural tooth - there is no visible difference, and no special care required.
Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone. This is not the case if teeth are missing, or when a conventional denture has been put in place. If these forces cease, the bone may slowly recede and the shape of the face may change over time.
Laughing, kissing, singing and eating like before – implants can support you in regaining your quality of life. Missing teeth can mean self-consciousness and insecurity, and ill-fitting dentures can cause permanent discomfort. These inconveniences come to a welcome halt with dental implants.
With a conventional bridge, the healthy neighboring teeth to the right and left of the missing tooth have to be ground down to support the bridge. When using an implant to close the gap, the neighboring teeth are not affected and the natural tooth surface remains intact.
Implant therapy is not experimental. It is a well-proven, state-of-the-art medical dental technique. For decades it has been scientifically tested and used worldwide by qualified dentists and surgeons.
Today, it offers the possibility to treat almost every indication. According to results of a survey carried out in Germany1, 98% percent of patients questioned were "happy" or "very happy" with their dental implants.
1 Riegl Study results of 2009, Germany, with over 10,000 patients.
Dental implants from Straumann have been sold over 14 million times worldwide. The Straumann® Dental Implant System is backed by more than 35 years of scientific experience as well as over 700 scientific publications1.
Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are an option for them.
1According to the PUBMED database query “Straumann Dental Implant OR ITI dental implant”, 733 results as per 6th of October 2014 – with the first entry being “Schroeder A. et al.: The accumulation of osteocementum around a dental implant under physical loading, 1978."