Bridges

A bridge is a very effective solution when we want to substitute one or more missing teeth.

It consist of one or more pontics (fake teeth) and are held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns are also called abutments, and they are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth.

Bridges are individually are custom-made so that they fit properly. Preparation involves recontouring the adjacent teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.

Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.

Bridges can protect your overall stomatognathic health and prevent serious future problems with possibly higher rehabilitation costs.

It is important to know that loss of a tooth can also cause the loss of neighboring teeth for the following reasons:

  • The adjacent teeth begin to move to the gap created by the missing tooth, as there is no longer any resistance.
  • The chewing forces exerted on them become much stronger.

Bridges are made of various materials (porcelain, ceramics, metal alloys).

They can last for 15 years, but this depends on whether we keep the oral hygiene guidelines.

Once a bridge is placed, the supporting teeth are still in danger of caries, gingivitis or periodontitis. If these are affected, then the bridge must be removed.

As bridges can be damaged, we need to be very careful and follow the instructions of the dentist.

Dentures

Complete dentures
Complete dentures are full-coverage oral prosthetic devices that replace a complete arch of missing teeth. They consist of two parts: the lower part functions as gums and is made of acrylic material and the top with the artificial teeth made of porcelain or acrylic.
What is the procedure?
If problematic teeth have been previously removed, we must wait for the gums to heal before placing the denture. In order not to leave the patient without teeth for a long time, there is the solution of the direct denture. The direct denture is removed when it is time to place the permanent one.
How are they manufactured?
Initially, the dentist accurately measures the patient’s oral cavity to fit the denture into its unique anatomical features. Afterwards, the dental technician studies the measurement data and manufactures the denture.
Partial dentures
Partial dentures are indicated when some natural teeth that can act as a support are saved. They usually have replacement teeth fixed to an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. The acrylic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth. This holds the denture in place.
Partial dentures last for 10 years, provided they are properly maintained. Over time, it may require repair or replacement depending on the condition of the gums.
Overdentures
Complete and partial dentures are no longer the only solution.
Many times all teeth may be missing but some roots are preserved in good condition. These roots can support the overdentures with the help of special attachments.
Overdentures can also be retained on implants. We need 5-6 implants to ensure adequate stability.
Overdentures offer several benefits:
Greater stability and functionality Less bone absorption due to roots or implants Greater comfort, because they do not cover the palate Better aesthetic results.

Complete dentures are full-coverage oral prosthetic devices that replace a complete arch of missing teeth. They consist of two parts: the lower part functions as gums and is made of acrylic material and the top with the artificial teeth made of porcelain or acrylic.

If problematic teeth have been previously removed, we must wait for the gums to heal before placing the denture. In order not to leave the patient without teeth for a long time, there is the solution of the direct denture. The direct denture is removed when it is time to place the permanent one.

Initially, the dentist accurately measures the patient’s oral cavity to fit the denture into its unique anatomical features. Afterwards, the dental technician studies the measurement data and manufactures the denture.

Artificial dentures may last for about 10 years, provided they are properly maintained. Over time, they may require repair or replacement depending on the condition of the gums.

Partial dentures are indicated when some natural teeth that can act as a support are saved. They usually have replacement teeth fixed to an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. The acrylic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth. This holds the denture in place.

Partial dentures last for 10 years, provided they are properly maintained. Over time, it may require repair or replacement depending on the condition of the gums.

Complete and partial dentures are no longer the only solution.

Many times all teeth may be missing but some roots are preserved in good condition. These roots can support the overdentures with the help of special attachments

Overdentures can also be retained on implants. We need 5-6 implants to ensure adequate stability.

Overdentures offer several benefits:

  • Greater stability and functionality
  • Less bone absorption due to roots or implants
  • Greater comfort, because they do not cover the palate
  • Better aesthetic results

Dental crowns

The crowns are fixed prosthetic devices and they are used to entirely cover a damaged tooth.

A tooth that has had root canal treatment or have a large filling, is weak and prone to fractures. Also, it may not have enough dental tissue for a filling, so it needs support.

In such cases we use crowns to protect and save the natural teeth and at the same time to restore their natural looking.

Before the crown is placed, the tooth is filed down so that the crown fits appropriately.

Crowns are made of porcelain or ceramic. If prosthesis is to be placed on back teeth,  we may use metal alloys crowns, because they are stronger.

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