Zahnersatz

Replacements

A tooth replacement is needed when teeth are either missing or so badly fractured that a filling is not substantial enough to restore the tooth fully. Treatment starts with a detailed examination of the affected tooth and the neighboring teeth and gums. To ensure the best fit and the durability of the replacement, the condition of the gum tissue and jaw bone is very important. Depending on their condition, we may recommend additional procedures to guarantee a healthy foundation for the replacement. We will advise you on the treatment choices and then decide on the most suitable procedure. At our practice we specialize in high quality, safe and attractive replacements.

 

Perfect Replacements
Crowns

A tooth that that is damaged or decayed can be partially or completely replaced with a crown, duplicating the tooth substance in form and function and protecting it from tooth decay. First, a small cap is prepared that fits tightly around the tooth and over which the final crown is set. All crowns are carefully prepared in our own dental laboratory.

 

Sedation Dentistry Treatment can be carried out under local or general anesthetic depending on your preference. We will advise you about the different options and together we will decide on the procedures that suit you best.

 

All-Porcelain

 

Crowns can be all-porcelain (ceramic). This includes the crown and the cap that is used for “build-up” material. To achieve a perfect fit a precise impression of the reshaped tooth is made and the crown is custom-fabricated in our dental laboratory.  The main advantage of porcelain is that direct light can penetrate it, adding a translucency to the crown that is comparable to natural teeth. Even a trained eye has difficulty in telling the difference. The porcelain replacements fabricated in our laboratory are extremely strong and hard-wearing.

 

At our practice we use Digital X-ray Technology that produces better results and reduces radiation exposure by up to 10% of the radiation dosage in conventional film-based x-ray.

 

We have had excellent results with all-porcelain, and recommend it as a replacement alternative because of its color match, stability and excellent fit.

 

Metal & Porcelain

 

The cap that is fitted over the tooth is made of porcelain fused with gold and platinum.  Layers of porcelain are then bonded over the cap. The final color is almost indistinguishable from that of the neighboring teeth. To achieve a perfect fit a precise impression of the reshaped tooth is made and the crown is custom-fabricated in our dental laboratory. Porcelain metal restorations may not be ideal for the front teeth as the material does not possess the same light refracting qualities as all-porcelain. In some cases, over time a dark edge can be seen between the crown and the tooth.  We use a gold-platinum alloy with a high gold content and can guarantee exceptional durability.

 

At our practice we use Digital X-ray Technology that produces better results and reduces radiation exposure by up to 10% of the radiation dosage in conventional film-based x ray.

 

Metal and porcelain crowns have excellent durability and are recommended for a replacement alternative.

 

Gold

 

In this procedure gold-platinum alloy is used. To achieve a perfect fit a precise impression of the reshaped tooth is made, and the crown is custom-fabricated in our dental laboratory. Some patients find the color of gold less pleasing, as the tooth can be clearly seen when smiling. We use a gold-platinum alloy with a high gold content providing exceptional durability.

At our practice we use Digital X-ray Technology that produces better results and reduces radiation exposure by up to 10% of the radiation dosage in conventional film-based x ray.

Gold crowns using gold-platinum alloy have excellent durability and are recommended for a restoration alternative.

 

Recommendation

 

All-porcelain replacements are best for front teeth and teeth that are visible when smiling or talking. If you are seeking both functional and aesthetic perfection, porcelain is your choice. Porcelain is durable, has good biocompatibility, and most closely mimics the qualities of tooth enamel due to its translucency and close color match.

 

Metal and porcelain restorations are recommended for their strength and biocompatibility; however, because they are less esthetically pleasing than all porcelain, they are best suited for the back teeth.

 

Gold restorations are the strongest and most long-lasting choice especially for teeth that are not in view, and when functionality and not appearance is most important. If you show a lot of teeth when speaking or laughing then an option is to choose all-porcelain or metal-porcelain replacements.

Fixed Bridges

Missing teeth that are not replaced can threaten the health of whole body. Badly chewed food can lead to damage of the digestive system. One or more missing teeth can affect the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, speech impediments, an increased risk of gum disease, and a greater chance of tooth decay. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech.

 

A dental bridge is a replacement tooth fused between two crowns. The two crowns are cemented onto your teeth on each side of the replacement. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.

 

If the adjacent teeth are completely intact, then in order to conserve these healthy teeth, an implant is an option. In our initial consultation we will discuss the various alternatives with you and together decide the best option.

 

Sedation Dentistry We have our own anesthetist of many years experience at our practice. Some patients prefer a general anesthetic and this option can be provided if preferred.

 

All-Porcelain

 

The bridge and the crowns that hold it in place are made of all-porcelain. To achieve a perfect fit, precise impressions of the teeth are made and the crowns are custom-fabricated in our dental laboratory. All-porcelain is ideal as it closely mimics the light reflecting qualities of natural tooth enamel, blending in with the color of your natural teeth and making the dental bridge look as unobtrusive as possible. Even the trained eye will have difficulty distinguishing between full-porcelain and natural teeth.

 

At our practice we use Digital X-ray Technology that produces better results and reduces radiation exposure by up to 10% of the radiation dosage in conventional film-based x ray.

 

We have had excellent results with all-porcelain bridges and recommend this option as an excellent replacement alternative because of its color match, stability and fit.

 

Metal & Porcelain

 

The core of the bridge and the crowns that fit over the natural teeth are made of a gold and platinum alloy. Fine layers of porcelain are fused over the bridge and crowns until the color is as close as possible to the color of the natural teeth. To achieve a perfect fit, precise impressions are taken of the teeth and gum area. The bridge and crowns are custom-fabricated in our dental laboratory.

 

We use a high gold content gold and platinum alloy of exceptional quality. Metal and porcelain bridges are extremely strong and are recommended for a replacement alternative at the back of the mouth. For the front of the mouth this type of bridge is not the best choice, as the material does not possess the light reflecting characteristics of natural enamel that only all-porcelain can duplicate.

 

At our practice we use Digital X-ray Technology that produces better results and reduces radiation exposure by up to 10% of the radiation dosage in conventional film-based x-ray.

 

Gold

 

In this procedure both crowns and the bridge are made of a gold-platinum alloy. To achieve a perfect fit a precise impression of the reshaped tooth is made and the crown is custom-fabricated in our dental laboratory. We use gold-platinum alloy with a high gold content. The material has excellent biocompatibility and is highly recommended for a safe replacement alternative. Although some patients find the color of gold less pleasing, especially when the tooth can be seen, we recommend crowns using gold-platinum alloy for their exceptional strength.

 

At our practice we use Digital X-ray Technology that produces better results and reduces the radiation exposure by up to 10% of the radiation dosage in conventional film-based x ray.

 

Recommendation

 

All-porcelain replacements are best for teeth that are visible. If you are seeking both functional and esthetic perfection, porcelain is your choice. Porcelain is durable, has excellent biocompatibility and, due to its excellent color-matching qualities, is the most esthetically pleasing replacement alternative.

 

Recommended for their strength and biocompatibility, metal porcelain replacements are best suited for teeth that are not in view, as they are a less esthetically pleasing alternative than all-porcelain restorations.

 

Gold replacements are the most biocompatible, the strongest and most long-lasting replacement alternative, especially for teeth that are not in view and when functionality and not appearance is most important. If you show a lot of teeth when speaking or laughing, then an option is to choose all-porcelain or metal and porcelain replacements.