Healthy neighboring teeth and the jawbone can be damaged by traditional tooth replacements involving bridges and prosthesis. In fact the bone substance only remains preserved if it is naturally loaded. This occurs via the root through which the tooth is anchored in the bone. Tooth roots can be imagined as deep lying roots of a tree or as foundation pillar for a bridge. If a tooth root goes missing the jawbone is no longer naturally loaded and resorbes slowly.
Many of us know the consequences of this from bitter experience: neighboring teeth or dentures become overloaded in the long run and loosen so that other teeth can also disappear. Partial and full prosthesis remain as foreign bodies, cause pressure points and drastically reduce taste as well as tactile and temperature perception. This means that the prosthesis have to be continually readapted, entailing also insecurity when speaking, smiling and eating.
Such problems do not arise at all with implants. Therefore, it is not surprising that several million implants are now placed worldwide every year, ranging from single tooth to restorations for entire jaws. The demand for this form of modern dentistry, which has now been available for more than 30 years, is increasing continuously. Although they are initially more costly, implants in the long run certainly represent the more economical solution over conventional crown or bridge treatments.