If teeth are missing, there are different options for restoration. Your Snö dentist will consult you on what the best options, are as well as all the alternatives.
Implants are the most common solution today to replace gaps, but in some cases, a bridge is an alternative. The bridge treatment requires the neighbouring teeth to be filed down (prepared) to allow the bridge to fit.
In order for the bridge to be successful, the neighbouring teeth must be strong. If they are loose or extensively filled/repaired, the long-term prognosis is dubious. At the same time, if the neighbouring teeth are untouched, it would be a shame to file them down. If a patient is missing more teeth in a row, it can also be difficult to make an adequate bridge as the span is simply too long.
Before implants were available, the only alternative was to have a removable partial denture made. Dentures take some getting used to as many complain it is loose in the mouth, covers the taste buds, makes chewing difficult and doesn’t look good.
Schematic of an example that involves replacing a gap with a three-unit bridge in the back of the mouth. The two supporting teeth need to be prepared to fit the custom-made bridge. If the supporting teeth are strong and healthy but have had restorations, a bridge might be the best alternative as we do not have to file down the teeth as much.
Using strong enamel-like ceramic materials we can most often (depending on the case) fabricate a bridge during the same day or the next. Thanks to our advanced digital scanners, there is no discomfort while we make dental impressions. A two-minute scan gives us all the information we need, in full detail and the highest resolution. The bridge is cemented to the teeth – aesthetic, durable and strong.
The quality and lifespan of the ceramic bridge depends on the technique and time spent on the treatment.
A treatment can look and feel good, but can still have quality concerns. At Snö, we always document everything during treatment in order to ensure our high-quality standard. This applies to veneers too. The veneer treatment also carries a two-year warranty. If you follow our protection plan you can get up to five years of warranty.