The loss of multiple teeth creates a completely new oral situation for the patient concerned. The patient’s chewing ability is impaired, his speech is frequently adversely affected, and his esthetic appearance is also marred. Over the medium and long term, further problems arise, which make a later replacement of the missing teeth more difficult.
The classic methods of replacing multiple lost teeth are bridges or removable partial prostheses. Such conventional procedures always require the grinding of the adjacent teeth to ensure that the bridge or partial prosthesis is securely anchored.