Join our next Thommen Talk Series Webinar about the “Socket Shield Technique” on July 9th (In German only).
Thursday, July 9th, 2020 at 18:00pm CEST - Socket Shield Technique: Can it work? Speaker: Dr. C. Andreoni and Dr. T. Meier.
Missing teeth are replaced primarily for functional (chewing, talking, laughing), aesthetic (appearance) or health (crushing food for good digestion) reasons. The choice of a dental prosthesis depends mainly on the number and position of the missing teeth in the mouth and the condition of the neighbouring teeth.
To replace missing teeth, there is the possibility of a removable partial or total prosthesis, a fixed bridge on existing natural teeth or implant therapy.
The conventional treatment of tooth gaps with a bridge requires the grinding of healthy neighbouring teeth in order to be able to anchor the new tooth securely. With this method healthy tooth substance is lost. If a tooth gap is too large or there are not enough teeth in the dentition to fix a bridge, the only option is a partial prosthesis. A full prosthesis is required in case all teeth are missing.
The use of an implant offers significant advantages over conventional restorations. Instead of grinding neighboring teeth for a bridge, the implant is inserted at the position of the tooth gap. Thanks to its firm anchorage, the implant can be used like a natural tooth.