Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics are artificial devices that improve a person’s quality of life. They restore chewing function and beauty, and help prevent additional health problems such as modification of the remaining teeth or temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD).

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The success of dental prostheses depends to a large extent on good oral hygiene. The most common types of dental prostheses are:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They are commonly recommended for patients who wish to replace missing teeth in a manner that is more durable than bridges or dentures.

The implant is fitted with a crown, which is then attached to the abutment (the connector between the dental implants and the tooth) using dental cement. The result is a natural-looking and feeling artificial tooth that is not removable, although patients are advised to brush and floss regularly as well as attend regular checkups in order to maintain the integrity of the dental prosthesis.

Patients who are unable to receive dental implants due to the lack of bone in the jaw may benefit from a sinus augmentation, which is a procedure that raises the floor of the maxillary sinus and allows more room for implant placement. A bone graft can also be performed to make more bone available for implant placement.

The success of implants depends on a number of factors, including the thickness and health of the surrounding bone and gingiva, as well as medications that might affect osseointegration. If you experience any problems with your dental implants, it is important to contact us immediately. Prompt reporting of adverse events can help the FDA identify issues that can be resolved by modifying product labeling or developing new procedures and protocols.

Veneers

Veneers are used to cover the front of teeth that are visible when you smile. They can correct a number of cosmetic flaws and can be made from porcelain or resin composite. Depending on your dental needs and preference, veneers can last from 10 to 15 years. However, they will need to be replaced at some point.

If you’re considering getting veneers, schedule an appointment with your dentist to learn more about the procedure. They’ll examine your mouth and determine if you’re a good candidate for the treatment, including checking your gums to make sure that you can support veneers.

Before applying veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel to ensure they fit securely. They may also take a mold of your teeth and send it off to a lab where they will construct your veneers. During your next appointment, they’ll test the veneers to ensure that they fit properly and are a good match for your natural tooth color.

When they’re ready, your dentist will bond the veneers to your natural teeth using a special cement. They’ll use an ultraviolet light to harden the material quickly. Afterward, they’ll polish and adjust the veneers as needed. If you’re concerned about the cost of veneers, talk to your dentist about payment options that are available at most Bupa practices.

Bridges

Dental bridges are designed for patients that have one or more missing teeth and need a replacement. They’re anchored or latched onto your natural teeth to span the gap, improving chewing and preventing other healthy natural teeth from shifting out of place.

A bridge consists of two crowns on either side with a fake tooth (or teeth) in between. A patient can opt to have a single bridge or multiple bridges. A patient can also choose to use a dental implant to support their bridges, referred to as an implant-supported bridge.

This option eliminates the need for trimming the natural teeth used as anchors for a traditional bridge and allows for multiple missing teeth to be replaced with just two implants. Choosing this option can also help to prevent additional health problems, such as bone loss and jaw structure changes that occur when a tooth is lost or damaged.

Dentures are designed to replace several sporadically missing teeth or an entire dental arch. There are two main types of removable dentures: partial and full. Both provide an aesthetically appealing smile and allow patients to chew normally. Removable dentures are easy to care for, requiring only regular brushing and flossing. For those with more severe damage or tooth loss, our team can recommend a permanent denture solution that may include an implant-supported denture or a fixed partial denture.

Partial Prostheses

Using advanced technologies (such as 3D imaging and nanotechnology-based implants), dentists have many options to restore missing teeth in patients’ mouths. This solution improves the quality of a patient’s life and oral health. In addition to improving facial aesthetics and function, it also helps restore a patient’s confidence.

A removable partial denture is a type of dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It consists of an acrylic part that matches the color of the gums and natural-looking artificial teeth. It is held in place by hooks that are placed on the remaining natural teeth. It is less stable than a metal prosthesis, but it is more comfortable for the wearer.

This option is a good choice for people who have lost only one or two teeth. However, if a patient loses more teeth, they should consider a fixed prosthesis.

Fixed dental prosthesis, or FPDs for short, are commonly referred to as dental bridges. They are an excellent way to replace a single or more missing teeth and prevent the surrounding natural teeth from shifting. This treatment has been in use for decades and is a great alternative to removable partial dentures.