Types of Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics help restore the function of missing or broken teeth. They can improve the look of your smile, boost self-esteem and make chewing easier.

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Dental Implants

There are several types of dental prostheses available to replace damaged or missing teeth and improve a patient’s smile. However, the most popular dental prosthetics are crowns, bridges, and dentures. Each restoration is designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth, but they vary in how many teeth they can replace.

The best way to determine which type of dental prosthesis is right for you is to visit a dentist who can conduct a thorough assessment of your teeth and oral health. A professional will take a few dental X-rays and dental impressions before developing a custom treatment plan.

Dental implants are the latest innovation in tooth replacement. They are a strong and permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. The procedure begins with a titanium base being placed in the jaw bone and allowed to heal. An artificial tooth is then attached to the implant via abutment. In addition, the implant can be used to support a dental bridge or full denture.

Dental Bridges

If you’re missing one or more teeth or have severely damaged ones that cannot be restored, a dental bridge can restore the look of your smile. It can also help distribute the forces of biting and chewing to prevent adjacent teeth shifting out of alignment.

Traditional fixed bridges are supported by crowns on either side of the gap. During the first appointment, your anchor teeth (or ‘abutment’ teeth) are filed down and a mould taken of the area. We can then fit you with a temporary bridge for a couple of weeks while your permanent bridge is made. During the second appointment, the new bridge is placed and cemented into place.

They’re a good option for people who want a quicker solution than dental implants. But they can only be used if the abutment teeth are strong and healthy. This means they’re not suitable for everyone. If you have severe tooth decay or gum disease, we recommend exploring other options. A bridge can last up to 15 years if you maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

Dentures

Dental prostheses are fabricated from materials that mimic the color and tissue of healthy teeth, producing a life-like result. Commonly used materials include porcelain, composite resin and zirconia. These dental crowns are color-matched to real teeth and designed to withstand the pressure of chewing and biting.

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically positioned into the jawbone to act as a replacement tooth root and support a dental crown. They are often recommended for people with missing teeth who want a permanent solution. The success or failure of implants depends on several factors, such as the thickness and health of bone and gum tissues, medications taken and genetics.

Bridges are often used to span gaps caused by missing or damaged teeth. The structure is anchored by the natural teeth on either side, which makes them a great option for patients who don’t want to undergo surgery. However, excessive abrasion of the juxtaposing natural teeth may jeopardize their long-term health and function. Removable partial dentures are also available to help prevent natural teeth from shifting out of place.

Inlays & Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are similar to a regular dental filling, but they are designed for larger areas of damage or decay. A tooth-colored inlay or onlay fits inside the chewing surface of a damaged tooth and is bonded to it, so it is not visible. These restorative procedures use less tooth structure than a standard filling, so they are also more durable. They do not expand or contract based on temperature, and they can last for more than 30 years.

Porcelain inlays & onlays are a conservative alternative to dental fillings and more extensive crowns for molars with severe decay. They can reduce pain & tooth sensitivity and prevent the further degeneration of back teeth, as well as restoring lost chewing strength.

They are fabricated to custom fit the tooth, so they will not feel bulky or awkward like some other types of fillings. Inlays & onlays can be applied in one visit using our chairside CEREC® system. They can also be made of gold if required, but we prefer to make them out of porcelain because it is tooth-colored and will blend in naturally with the existing teeth.

Veneers

Not everyone has a perfect smile; some people have damaged, discolored, or crooked teeth that detract from their beauty. Veneers are one way to correct these problems and restore the appearance of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color, shape, and size. They are also long-lasting, generally lasting 15 years or more when well cared for.

At your first veneer appointment, the dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from the tooth or teeth that will receive the veneers (this is done under local anesthetic). A temporary restoration is then placed, and when you return for the second visit your permanent veneers are placed. An ultraviolet light is used to bind and harden the adhesive that keeps your veneers in place.

The recovery process from both appointments for placing your dental prosthetics should be relatively easy. After a few days of eating, drinking and brushing your teeth with a gentle toothpaste you should be able to enjoy the benefits of your new smile!