What options exist for replacing a tooth?

Missing teeth are replaced for functional (chewing, talking), esthetic (appearance) and health reasons (breaking up food to ensure good digestion). The choice of tooth replacement depends on the position in the mouth, the condition of the neighboring teeth and, most of all, the number of missing teeth.

There are several options for tooth replacement: full removable dentures, a fixed bridge or single implants. Conventional bridges or prostheses are fixed on existing teeth, but requires the grinding of healthy teeth. Implants feature the big advantage that existing teeth will be preserved in their functionality and esthetics. Additionally, bridges and prostheses can be fixed to implants more securely, offering more safety and comfort.

Conventional treatment

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Initial situation: gap resulting from a single missing tooth.
Grinding down healthy teeth right and left of the gap with fixture of a bridge.
Final result following treatment.

The conventional treatment of dental gaps with a bridge requires the grinding of healthy neighboring teeth to securely anchor the new tooth. With this method, valuable healthy tooth matter is lost.

 If the gap from the missing teeth is too large or the dentition has too few teeth to fill the gaps for fixing a bridge, the only possibility is to make use of a partial prosthesis. Conventional partial prostheses are fixed using visible braces to existing teeth. Conventional complete prostheses, or dentures, are worn if all natual teeth are missing.

Treatment with dental implants

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Initial situation: gap due to a single missing tooth.
Placement of an implant in the tooth gap.
Anchoring an artificial crown on the implant.

Using an implant provides significant advantages compared to conventional dentures. Gaps are not taken care of by grinding neighboring teeth in order to fix a bridge or visible braces. The implant is simply positioned where the gap is.
Thanks to its fixed anchoring, the implant can function effortlessly as a natural tooth.