A bridge replaces a missing tooth and is an alternative to an implant. It is used when an implant is not possible or not desired. If there are gaps between the teeth, the priority is to protect the healthy neighboring teeth, as they could fall in the gap, or the tooth from the opposite jaw can grow into this gap. Therefore, the gap must be closed with a bridge or an implant crown. Bridges are attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap. As these thus act as
“bridge pillars”, they have to be healthy and stable. After a thorough preliminary examination, they are ground to prepare them as abutment teeth to receive a bridge.
After the crowning you will carry a bridge link that replaces the missing tooth.
While crowns, bridges or implants are fixed, dentures can be removed from the mouth at any time. There are several denture variants:
Partial dentures consist of a basic framework made of metal (as a temporary denture made of synthetics) in the form of a plate. The artificial teeth are attached to this framework.
Curved metal clasps ensure that the prosthesis stays attached to the teeth that are still present. For many patients, however, these clasps pose an aesthetic problem, because they are often visible when speaking and laughing.
Complete dentures are usually synthetic dentures, that replace all the teeth in a jaw.
Both partial and complete dentures can be used as a basic component for high-quality restorations, for example in combination with clasp tooth crowns, telescopes, or implants.
We will be happy to advise you on the possibilities for the optimal treatment of gaps between your teeth in our office.