Tooth loss is one of the most common disabilities affecting mankind, and is a consequence of dental diseases, tumors of the orofacial region and trauma. Missing teeth may also occur because of agenesis.
The extent of missing teeth can vary, from single teeth in the anterior region of the jaws, single teeth in posterior segments, extended edentulous spaces and edentulism. This may result in functional, esthetic and phonetic impairment for the individual concerned.
Missing teeth have an enormous impact on the psychosocial well-being of these individuals, and as such, dentists have an important role in assisting these individuals to improve the quality of their lives.
After completing this ITI Academy Module, you should be able to…
list the general indications for replacement of missing teeth
identify specific indications where implants may assist in replacing missing teeth
recognize the concept of prosthodontically driven indications