Clinic

9

Team

9

Payment and Financing

9

First Appointment

9

International Patient

9

Technology and Innovation

Treatments

9

Teeth Whitening

9

Oral Surgery

9

General Dentistry

9

Endodontics

9

Endodontic Treatments

9

Oral Hygiene GBT

9

Dental Implants

9

Occlusion and Bruxism

9

Pediatric Dentistry

9

Orthodontics

9

Periodontology

9

Oral Rehabilitation

9

Mental Health

9

Sleep Health

Knowledge

9

Training

We prepare the future with specialized training

9

Blog

Learn more about us and the work of our team in these blog articles

9

Press

odontopediatria

Artigo de Blog

Losing a tooth in the visible area makes all the difference – Unitary Implants

Feb, 2024

Imagine that you have a smile that you like and that due to some unforeseen circumstance, such as a fall or accident, you end up losing a tooth in the visible area of your smile. In another circumstance, tooth loss is also (often) linked to genetics and, unfortunately, insufficient oral hygiene care.

Unfortunately, these situations are much more common than we realise. According to data from the Portuguese Dental Association (OMD), only 31% of Portuguese have complete dentition and almost 10% are missing all their teeth. In addition, it’s important to emphasise that 48.6% of Portuguese with missing natural teeth don’t have replacement teeth. 

This is a rather worrying situation. Thinking that missing teeth won’t cause other problems is a mistake. Many people tend to think of teeth as individual units, but our dentition works as a whole. Replacing missing teeth with single implants is fundamental to preserving a harmonious and healthy smile.

As well as being safe and long-lasting, this solution has a number of benefits for the patient:

  • It prevents bone resorption. Bone loss is a consequence of the lack of stimulation caused by chewing. Placing the implant prevents this from happening because it is integrated directly into the jawbone, replacing the root of the missing tooth.

 

  • More natural feeling and functionality in the long term, with an aesthetic very similar to that of natural teeth.

 

  • Prevents mobility of adjacent teeth, which will start to move into the empty space, negatively affecting bite and chewing. This is called malocclusion, which damages the surrounding muscles and joints, causing discomfort, headaches, increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. A dental implant will prevent the teeth from moving into the empty space, providing a solid structure, maintaining the correct bite and reducing the load on the remaining teeth.

Implantology in dentistry has evolved greatly to this day, increasing the demands of doctors and the expectations of patients to achieve faster and more aesthetically satisfying results. Aesthetics is a very important factor in this type of treatment, and the new technologies and materials used have made it possible to restore smiles with a very natural appearance and without compromising the function of our mouths.

Dental implant materials; 

Dental implants can be made from titanium or zirconia. Both are biocompatible, osteointegrating materials with high rates of acceptance by the body.

Titanium has been used in the medical industry for decades. A strong, lightweight, non-toxic and corrosion-resistant metal. However, zirconia implants, although more recent in the field of dentistry, are a ceramic that has a white colour, close to the natural tone of the tooth, making them very suitable in more aesthetically challenging cases.

In addition to the aesthetic characteristics, studies show that these ceramic implants are subject to reduced plaque build-up, with no toxic effects on the tissues, which means that the bone can grow and attach itself around the implant in a healthy way and is well tolerated by the gums.  It is in terms of aesthetics that zirconia stands out the most. The use of white implants avoids this type of complication, meeting the expectations of patients looking for non-metallic materials with highly satisfactory aesthetic results.

If you lose a tooth in the visible area of your smile, the associated problems go far beyond oral health. 

Shame, embarrassment, fear of smiling, among other constraints, are issues that can greatly jeopardise a person’s well-being and psychological state, limiting their social and professional interactions. In my experience, of the many patients I have met who have lived for years ashamed of their smile, there are several cases that culminate in depression and deep sadness.

In addition to the emotional issue, missing teeth have a direct influence on our diet, nutrition and speech. That’s why, whether we’re adults or young people, these types of situations should be treated as soon as possible, restoring oral health, chewing function and the joy of smiling!

“Originally written in Revista Cristina

Make an appointment here

Mais artigos

Time change – What harm does it do to our health?

Time change – What harm does it do to our health?

Despite the European Commission's decision to abolish the biannual time change in 2018, it still hasn't been implemented and next Saturday the time will change back to winter time and we'll set our clocks back one hour.  Why? The main reasons for this biannual change...

Can I get implants if I have diabetes?

Can I get implants if I have diabetes?

In a nutshell: Yes, you can, as long as you keep your blood sugar levels under control. The inflammatory processes that Diabetes Mellitus triggers have direct consequences for the smile: firstly, they lead to recession of the gums and tooth loss; secondly, they...

Secretly align your teeth

Secretly align your teeth

In modern times, our appearance is an increasingly important factor in our lives. Aesthetic treatments, in general, are increasingly popular, regardless of age or lifestyle, which is why in recent years there has been an increase in demand for dental alignment...

What if your smile is healthy but not pretty?

What if your smile is healthy but not pretty?

There are many people who, despite having apparently healthy teeth and no cavities, are not satisfied with their smile or find it appealing. If this is your case, you might want to find out more about dental veneers.  These are thin ceramic pieces, varying in...