It is not uncommon for people to lose teeth as a result of extensive caries, periodontal disease or other reasons.
In the past the first line of treatment were fixed or removable partial dentures. However, implants have revolutionized the way lost or missing teeth are replaced.
With dental implants, we have the opportunity to replace the older treatment modalities with an approach that is not only contemporary and closer in appearance, comfort and function to natural teeth, but more conservative towards the remaining tooth structure.
Fixed dentures or ‘Bridges’ involve damage to natural healthy teeth on either side of the lost tooth or teeth and replacement with a “bridge” that sits atop the two ‘prepared’ ends with the help of caps or ‘crowns’. Implants on the other hand replace the lost tooth root in the bone with a physical ‘root’ in the bone without the need to damage healthy adjacent teeth – effectively, ‘a tooth for a tooth’!