There can be a number of reasons behind the loss of parts of a tooth. Along with diseases like decay, accidents or other mechanical strains can cause destruction in the tooth substance. In general teeth should always optimally fulfil their functional and aesthetic role. It is thus crucial that missing or damaged teeth be reproduced or replaced. At our dental clinic in Egerkingen we produce most of our patients’ replacements here in our own dental lab. This allows for uncomplicated and direct cooperation between the dental technician and the patients.
Crowns are a proven method of aesthetically and functionally reproducing damaged teeth suffering from severe substance loss. When teeth are crowned over, they are first smoothed out in order to give the crown the best possible hold. The material used for the crown (full ceramic, metal ceramic) is selected based on the respective situation. In any case, the loss of substance should be rectified in order to maintain natural chewing function and to prevent functional impairments.
Bridges are usually applied when multiple teeth are missing. Individual gaps can also be sealed back up with bridge segments. The replacement tooth is fastened to the neighbouring teeth, which serve as pillars. In order to give the bridges the necessary support, they are permanently cemented or glued onto the pillars. It is important to know that in order to fasten the bridges to the teeth, these are smoothed out and crowned – however, should the neighbouring teeth not be involved, replacement on top of implants is the alternative.
Whenever large gaps cannot be sealed by a fixed bridge, dentures are one alternative. Even if a final replacement tooth cannot be embedded right away – after a complex implant treatment, for instance – dentures are a temporary arrangement. Dentures have to be taken out for cleaning and care, regardless of whether the denture in question is a partial or a full denture.
Partial dentures are fastened to remaining teeth in a manner similar to bridges. Dentists and dental technicians have a wide variety of technology and materials to use for partial dentures. Cast clasps, attachment or snap fastener technology – this is all determined by the respective situation of the patient. For instance, the condition and static distribution of the remaining teeth, and of course aesthetic aspects, all play a big role.
The full denture is the conventional alternative for completely toothless patients. A corresponding design of the edge of the denture and the famous palatal plate ensure a firm hold of the denture, more or less. However, more and more patients want a fixed alternative so that they can eat, speak, and laugh unimpeded.
This is where our concept for “firm teeth” could be a possible solution!