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Tooth Replacement – Bridges, Implants and Dentures

Various Reasons for Tooth Loss

  • Diseases such as caries (decay) & periodontitis
  • Accidents in sports or daily life
  • Congenitally missing teeth (teeth that never grew)

Possible Consequences of Tooth Loss:

  • Difficulties with biting & chewing
  • Changes in facial appearance due to muscle tone reduction & jawbone deterioration
  • Pain

When you lose one or more teeth the bone that surrounded the root will no longer receive any stimulation from chewing so may shrink.

Bone loss is responsible for many of the problems encountered after tooth loss.



Healthy neighbouring teeth have to be ground to attach a bridge using conventional methods. This is how they are prepared for a crown or bridge and later take over the carrier function. The removed dental substance is lost forever.




What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium that is well tolerated by the body and takes over the function of a tooth root.

The dental implant is inserted directly into the bone of the jaw, which subsequently grows onto the surface to anchor it firmly.

The healing period lasts 6 to 12 weeks depending on the initial situation. After this period, the tooth replacement in the form of a crown, bridge or denture is secured to the implant.



Treatment with an implant

The dental implant replaces the lost tooth root and acts as a post for the implant crown. Grinding away the healthy substance of neighbouring teeth is not necessary.



Single Tooth



Several Teeth

Three unit bridge supported by two dental implants.



All Teeth

Three separate bridges supported by six to eight dental implants.



denture 1

Dentures Without Implants

In the conventional method, removable full dentures attach to the gum by a kind of suction effect. Because of the absence of loading of the bone, it shrinks more and more and the denture gradually loses its hold. Poor or absent denture stability is a big esthetic problem for many patients and can lead to painful pressure areas on the gum.


denture 2

Denture With Implants

Implants stabilise removable full dentures on the jaw and help to preserve the jaw bone. The denture can be removed and replaced again easlity for daily cleaning. The dental implant anchorage technique spares you the troublesome side effects of conventional removeable full dentures, such as painful pressure points. You can also do without denture adhesives now. The dentures sits firmly in the mouth while you are eating, laughing and talking.


What are the benefits of dentures?

  • If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way that you look, bite chew and speak.
  • They are custom made to match your mouth and can be made to look as natural as possible.
  • The teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
  • Dentures can be fitted immediately after teeth have been taken out so nobody would know that you have a tooth missing. These are called immediate dentures.

Dentures will never feel like your own teeth and it can take time to get used to them. If you haven’t had a denture before, the dentist will want to explain the difficulties of wearing dentures, as well as the benefits and how you should look after your new dentures as well as the teeth that you have left.

Treatment Sequence for Dental Implants

Example: replacement of a single tooth.


1. Planning the tooth replacement

ex1Planning the surgical procedure begins with an assessment of your individual oral situation. Your dentist will give you detailed information and will advise you in accordance with your wishes. When all questions have been clarified, X-rays will be taken to plan the operation and determine the position of the dental implant.


2. The operation

ex2The next step is insertion of the implant under local anaesthetic. Subsequently, the bone grows around the implant and anchors it firmly.


3. Incorporating the dental replacement

ex3When the healing period is complete, the new crown is secured on the implant.