What exactly you should know about differences between teeth and dental implants?
Remember that occlusion can be a tricky think because neither teeth nor implants behave the same way. Both tooth and implants can be complex in some way but easier in other. In this article, we are going to tell you some of some of these key differences and how they influence your patients.
The most difference is that teeth have periodontal ligaments while implants do not.
You should consider this fact while planning your cases. The huge plus for teeth is that periodontal ligaments works as a shock absorber.
In addition, unlike teeth implants cannot change their position, while teeth can be moved positionally. Therefore, when it comes to implants you do not have to worry about them drifting on the flip side.
So how we can use that information?
There is no doubt that you should make the occlusion on implants slightly lighter than on natural teeth. Do not forget that when implants oppose natural teeth, those teeth are going to move.
As an example when we have teeth opposing teeth there will be more “give” or shock absorption which lead to less chipping and fracture risk. If we will take implants against implants there will be zero “give” except for any slight flex that is present in the restorative materials.