Dental implants are not just used to fill in small gaps they are equally effective with larger multiple teeth gaps. When the smile suddenly looks old, several teeth are missing or older dentures are causing more and more problems, you can turn back the clock and your teeth can look new again.
The tiny titanium screws are a medical miracle. Single-tooth implants are a particularly elegant solution. Regardless of whether one or more teeth are missing in a row: Every tooth is individually replaced and the situation is restored to its original condition. If three or more teeth in a row are missing, you can decide to have an implant-borne bridge. In this solution the new crowns are linked together and – depending on the size of the gap – are placed on a stable and secure base of two or more implants.
After precise planning the new tooth roots are generally placed in the jaw in one single treatment session. A temporary denture closes the gaps during the healing phase. After healing the final crowns or the bridge are permanently fixed to the implants.
It is your choice: conventional bridge or implants?
One possible alternative to the implant solution is the conventional bridge. However, the natural teeth to the left and right of the gap must be used to retain the bridge. They are ground and carry the crowns to which the bridge component is fixed. This is a pity if the teeth are perfectly healthy. The grinding process means that they lose their protective enamel coat and are more heavily loaded. This reduces their life expectancy in many cases.
If the gap is open to the end of the row – referred to as a free-end situation – the dentist may also offer a partial denture as an alternative. The same is applicable if the gap is too large to close for lasting stability with a conventional bridge. A simple partial denture is attached to the existing teeth with metal clasps. Metal clasps and prosthetic plastic are also supported on the gums or the jaw, but the metal clasps may damage the retaining teeth over time. High-quality partial dentures can also be attached to the natural teeth with rods or attachments. This means that the teeth must be ground and fitted with crowns, like a tooth supported bridge.
All the above is unnecessary with implants. The small titanium screws are artificial tooth roots that invisibly and securely support your new crowns. It is not necessary to grind healthy teeth and cover them with crowns and you will also not have to worry about clasps. Your implant-borne teeth will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth: They look exactly the same, they feel exactly the same. It is as if nothing had ever happened there.
Recent clinical case
1. Before treatment: