Dental Prosthetics – Replacing Teeth for Cosmetic Transformation
Teeth can be missing for many reasons including decay, trauma and congenitally missing teeth. Prosthetic solutions are used to replace one or more missing teeth or all the teeth utilizing a variety of methods, including permanent or removable crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures.
Dental Prosthetics – Crowns and Bridges
A severely damaged tooth can be covered with a crown which can strengthen the tooth while improving its appearance. The crown will allow the tooth to function normally and provide a natural appearance. A crown can also be used to replace a missing tooth. For instance, if the tooth is missing, it can be replaced with an implant to which the crown is then attached.
One or more missing teeth can be replaced with a bridge, a partial denture or denture implants. A bridge will be attached to a tooth near the missing tooth and covered with a crown, which will look and function like a natural tooth. A partial denture can also be utilized instead of a bridge. A partial denture is a plate of acrylic plastic or metal to which artificial teeth are attached. This partial denture is placed into the mouth to conceal the gaps caused by missing teeth.
Removable and Permanent Dentures
A complete denture is a prosthetic solution that can be utilized when all the teeth are missing. Removable dentures replace all of the missing teeth and can look and function naturally. Removable dentures sit directly on the gums while permanent dentures are bonded into the mouth using implants. Denture implants are used to solve problems such as congenital disabilities, gum disease, root canal failure and trauma to the mouth. There are significant advantages in proceeding with denture implants and dental prosthetics. Permanent dentures offer a long-lasting solution for tooth loss and are considered to be a confidence booster. Permanent dentures may take time to get used to, but patients can smile, laugh and eat comfortably after a period of adjustment.
How Long Will Dental Prosthetics Last?
Good oral hygiene will protect the durability of the prosthesis, which can last a lifetime when checked regularly by the dentist and adjusted as necessary. The fit of the prosthesis can change as the tissues adapt in the mouth. So regular checkups and visits to the dentist will ensure that the device is maintained and kept secure.