Prosthetic dentistry refers to prosthesis inside the mouth. Much like replacing a missing body part with a prosthetic replica, one can replace teeth or reconstruct other missing parts of the jaw or palate. These oral prosthetics, much like other bodily prosthetics can be either fixed or removable. Some examples of dental prosthesis are as follows:
- Dental Implants (fixed)
- Crowns (fixed)
- Bridges (fixed)
- All on 4 or All on X
- Partial dentures (removable)
- Complete dentures (removable)
These are all potential options for someone who may be suffering from missing teeth or other oral issues. Prosthetic dentistry can help people regain confidence in their smiles and restore chewing ability.
Dental crowns are made from a variety of different materials including: zirconia, ceramic, porcelain, metal, composite resin, or a combination of materials. Crowns are used in many different situations like if you are missing a tooth, have a large cavity, or your tooth is weakened or cracked. You can read more about them here: CROWNS
Bridges are essentially crowns that cover an area of two or more teeth. Bridges are permanently fixed in place either by being cemented to dental crowns or by being surgically implanted. There are different types of bridges for different situations. Depending on the severity of your issue your dentist may suggest a different style of bridge.
Palatal Obturators are used to block openings or holes located in the roof of the mouth. They look a lot like dental retainers and their main function is to essentially replace the upper palate. These help with improving speech, proper flow of air, eating, and reduction of regurgitation.
Complete dentures are used when it is necessary to replace all of the teeth. These are seen as an economical alternative solution to implants. These are typically made from ceramic, acrylic, or a combination of the two.
Partial dentures will only cover a portion of the mouth and thus are used when the patient still has some remaining teeth in the upper or lower jaw. These not only fill in spaces of missing teeth but also prevent other teeth from shifting and moving around. This is designed to be a natural-looking appliance that’s also removable.
Dental implants are designed to act as a new permanent tooth. The implant is surgically added to your jaw and thus, replaces the root of the missing tooth. From there a crown is placed on top of the implant to mimic and blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. For more information on this visit our Dental implants page. IMPLANTS