Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics can improve your appearance, boost your self-esteem and make chewing a lot easier. They can also help prevent bone loss and gum disease.

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A complete denture is a removable prosthetic that fits over your natural teeth. It consists of a nylon, plastic or metal base with a set of artificial teeth that are held in place by suction.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where a natural tooth root once resided. They serve as a foundation for replacement teeth that look and function like real teeth. Implants can also be used to anchor bridges or dentures.

Missing or severely decayed teeth should be restored promptly to prevent bone loss and avoid complications such as gum disease, poor nutrition, and increased stress on adjacent teeth. The longer an individual goes without a full set of teeth, the more difficult and expensive it is to restore them.

In addition to the thickness and health of bone and gingival tissue, other factors affect the success of dental implants, including smoking or the use of medications such as bisphosphonates that interfere with normal osseointegration. A successful implant requires proper post-treatment care and regular visits to a dentist or oral surgeon.

Dental implants need a variable amount of time to heal and fully integrate into the jawbone (osseointegration). During this process, an implant metal post, called an abutment, is attached to the titanium implant body. The abutment protrudes from the gumline and resembles the tip of a screw.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a type of dental prosthetic that is used to replace missing teeth. They are generally made from porcelain and designed to look as natural as possible, but they can also be made from other materials, including metal. They help to increase the ease of eating and speaking, fill the gap left by missing teeth, and distribute the forces of the bite that would otherwise be concentrated on a single area.

They are attached to the existing teeth either side, which may require the removal of some enamel to accommodate the bridge. It is important to keep this in mind when brushing and flossing the area. If you have a bridge, we recommend visiting a hygienist regularly to ensure that the areas around the bridge are kept clean.

Bridges are less expensive than implants and they can be placed more quickly, making them a good option for patients who need an immediate solution. They can also be more suitable for some patients who need to avoid the need for bone grafting, which is often necessary with implant-supported teeth.

Dental Crowns

A crown is a dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or implant. The goal of crowns is to improve strength and aesthetics of teeth, as well as halt deterioration. Crowns are fabricated from various materials, such as porcelain, gold, and ceramics, and bonded to the tooth using indirect methods.

Partial dentures are removable appliances that help to fill in the spaces left by missing or damaged teeth. They can also serve to prevent other natural teeth from shifting position and affecting the overall appearance of your smile.

Like implants, dental bridges are another dental prosthetic that replaces a missing tooth or teeth. A dental bridge is composed of two or more crowns that are supported on both sides by artificial teeth (pontics). The artificial tooth in the center of a dental bridge can be attached to an existing natural tooth on either side, known as anchoring teeth. When compared to implant-supported bridges, conventional dental bridges can be less expensive to install. However, their long-term durability and strength are still dependent on the health of the anchoring teeth.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are a less noticeable sort of dental prosthesis. These are crafted out of porcelain to cover the front of one or more teeth and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. This can be helpful for patients that are self-conscious of their crooked, misshapen, or discolored teeth.

The procedure for veneers can take at least three visits to the dentist – one for consultation, another for preparation and construction, and the last for application. The first visit will typically involve an examination and x-rays of the tooth or teeth. The dentist will then remove a bit of enamel from the front of the tooth being treated and create an impression. This impression is then sent to a lab where the veneer is crafted.

Once the veneer is crafted, your dentist will have you try it on for a few days to ensure a good fit and that the color is right. They may also trim and paint the veneers to fit the tooth or teeth exactly, making sure that they are a perfect match. Finally, the veneers are cemented to the teeth using a unique cement that hardens quickly when exposed to certain lights.

Partial Dentures

When one or more of your teeth is missing, your smile can lose its appeal, and it can become challenging to chew and speak properly. Fortunately, dental prosthetics are available to restore the function of your smile and improve the look of your teeth.

Removable partial dentures are designed to replace lost teeth and bridge gaps in your smile. The dentist creates a model of your mouth to determine the type of partial that will best suit your needs and your tooth configuration.

Depending on the type of partial, your dentist will use either metal clasps or precision attachments to connect your partial to your remaining natural teeth. The metal clasps are usually more visible, while the precision attachments offer a less noticeable option.

While all the different types of dental prosthetics have their advantages and disadvantages, a dental bridge is arguably the most effective in terms of restoring both the appearance and the function of your smile. However, the treatment can be expensive and may take some time to complete as the bridge is cemented into place.