Treatment by Dr. Nelz in 2010
Crowns and Bridges with Precision attachments in combination with a removable prosthesis (denture) is a viable and useful solution to restore a dentition without the need to place implants or to reduce the number of implants needed. This is a very useful treatment option for patients in need of oral rehabilitation. While this is a very common and successful treatment option in Europe (Mainland) here in the UK only very few dentists and laboratories offer these treatments. The patients in the UK are often left with 2 choices: a very basic and often uncomfortable simple acrylic denture or expensive and (especially in full mouth restorations) invasive dental implant treatments. Often the patients are persuaded to have their remaining teeth extracted in order to undergo the so called "All on 4" procedure (bridge on 4 or 6 implants). However, a natural tooth does have very different properties than a "dead" implant: pressure receptors around the teeth give a "feel" of what we eat and how much pressure is required to chew certain types of food.
Case Study 2: lower jaw
Treatment by Dr. Nelz in 2011
The patient had severe problems with her lower teeth some of which needed extraction. This would have been a very difficult case for implants but a good case for a bridge with precision attachments and removable prosthesis (denture). A simple acrylic denture would have no stability and create more problems which would lead to accelerated bone and tooth loss