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Do I need a dental implant if there is only one dental unit missing?

/ Do I need a dental implant if there is only one dental unit missing?

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The consequences of the absence of a dental unit

People are often in no hurry to restore a tooth, in particular, to put an implant, mistakenly believing that this process can wait. However, in practice, there are quite serious consequences of the absence of even just one dental unit in a row.

  1. Perhaps it is worth starting with atrophy not only of the gum tissue, but also of the bone itself in the jaw. This is due to the lack of sufficient mechanical load on the tissue. It is clear that in one month or even a year there will be no serious consequences, but then everything is individual, and in some people the consequences of atrophy can be completely unpredictable.
  2. Malocclusion with all the ensuing consequences, up to disruption of the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. The presence of free space between adjacent teeth leads to their displacement, a change in spatial position. As a result, the appearance of the dentition changes, aesthetics are lost. Restoring, in the future, the beauty of a smile is much more difficult and time-consuming than not losing it by inserting an implant in a timely manner.
  3. For obvious reasons, there is an increase in the mechanical load on other teeth. This ultimately leads to rapid abrasion, loss of integrity and the need to undergo treatment.
  4. The gap looks unpresentable, respectively, the person stops smiling, feels uncomfortable in society, as a result, socialization is disturbed.

When Implants Should Not Be Installed

Among the most common contraindications to the installation of even one artificial tooth, there are two largest groups:

  • absolute;
  • relative.

It makes sense to refer to absolute contraindications those when the installation of an implant is impossible by definition under any circumstances. At least a thinking, responsible dentist will not undertake such work. We are talking about the presence of cancer in the patient, allergies to freezing components and other materials used, the presence of mental problems.

Relative contraindications include those reasons that are temporary and can be overcome by the patient. Among them, one can and should name: pregnancy, acute respiratory diseases, chronic diseases in the acute stage, too young to grow, some others. It is clear that the leveling of risk factors allows for the installation of teeth.

In any case, if you have lost, removed, knocked out a tooth, even one, immediately contact your dentist for advice on the feasibility and possibility of installing an implant.


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