If one or more of your teeth are missing, it’s important to replace them as soon as possible so that your other teeth won’t become misaligned or cause other problems.
There are two ways of permanently replacing teeth: implant-supported permanent dentures and traditional bridges.
Dental implants (implant-supported restorations)
Implants are made of titanium and are installed in the jaw to replace your natural roots. Crowns, permanent bridges or full dentures (permanent or removable) are then secured to the implants.
Implants are not for everyone. You must:
- Be in good health
- Have healthy gums
- Have enough jawbone mass
- Have healthy adjoining anatomical structures (sinuses, dental nerves)
Implantology and bone grafts
Before implants can be installed, we thoroughly check your overall and oral health, as well as the condition of your jawbone. Teeth stimulate the jawbone, so if you’ve been missing teeth for a long time, the likelihood of bone resorption will be higher. A bone graft may be needed to increase bone mass and achieve optimal results.
Our entire team is committed to ensuring your satisfaction in a safe and sanitary environment. If you have questions about your procedure, we’ll be happy to answer them.
Implantology and dentures
These dentures are installed permanently in your mouth. They can only be removed for maintenance purposes. Implant-supported dentures include individual crowns, which replace one or several missing teeth (one crown per implant).
If several teeth in a row are missing, a permanent bridge can be installed using fewer implants.
If all teeth are missing, permanent or removable full dentures can be installed using fewer implants.
A permanent or traditional bridge is secured to adjacent teeth, which are reshaped to permanently support the bridge.
Removable dentures without implants
If only some teeth are missing, and implants or a traditional bridge are not feasible, removable partial dentures (also known as partials) are the preferred choice. A partial rests on your gums and is hooked to a few teeth. Invisible hooks are also available for cosmetic purposes.
Traditional removable full dentures (also known as dentures) replace all the teeth on a dental arch. Dentures help you regain the ability to chew and improve your speech. Of course, they also make your smile more attractive. When the jawbone no longer supports the roots of your teeth, it gets thinner over time. You therefore need to make sure your dentures are always perfectly fitted to your mouth’s changing shape to avoid injury, discomfort, stability problems and further bone loss.
Why choose implants?
Implants are a good option because:
- They are durable and stable
- They are as comfortable as natural teeth
- Cleaning adjacent teeth is easier than with a permanent bridge
- The teeth next to the empty space don’t need to be reshaped
- They reduce the risks of cavities and gum problems
- They prevent bone and gum loss where teeth are missing
- They enable stronger, more stable chewing than removable prostheses
- Unlike with removable prostheses, there are no metal hooks
Implant-supported restorations are the best choice for replacing missing teeth. They are comfortable, stable and help preserve bone mass.