Dental Prosthetics

Dental prostheses are used to replace missing teeth and can improve your appearance. However, they can also cause problems like excessive salivation, difficulty with eating and speaking, and an awkward fit.

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Fixed prosthetics include bridges, crowns (metal-backed porcelain or all-porcelain), and dental implants. These are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone and then given time to fuse with the bone.

Aesthetics

Dental prosthetics, in their ideal form, not only restore the function of missing or damaged teeth but also aesthetically improve the appearance of the entire mouth. We are constantly advancing the technology and materials used to achieve this goal in both natural teeth rehabilitations and implant element restorations.

Initially, the most important consideration in fixed prosthetics is to ensure that the restored tooth has the same aesthetics as the adjacent natural teeth. This requires careful interviewing, diagnosis, and planning as well as close cooperation between the patient, dentist, and technician.

For example, when replacing a single tooth, we try to find the best match in terms of size and color to the neighboring teeth. This is not always possible, but in general it is possible to create a reconstruction that looks natural.

Another important consideration is that the prosthetic should not overload the adjacent natural teeth or cause excessive abrasion of these teeth. Too much abrasion will not only negatively impact the health of the juxtaposed natural teeth but can also lead to inflammation of the pulposus in the adjacent natural tooth, resulting in pain and eventual loss of the tooth.

Once we have decided on the type of dental prosthesis you require, Dr. Talar Guldalian will take impressions of your bite. These consist of a small amount of a special kind of dental putty, which is placed in both upper and lower dental trays. Once the putty hardens, we will remove it and you will have a model of your bite that we will send to the lab where your prosthetic will be created.

Comfort

Dental prosthetics improve patient quality of life, as they replace missing teeth and restore their functions. In addition, they help preserve the remaining healthy teeth and gums and prevent other oral health problems that could occur because of the empty spaces caused by missing or deficient teeth.

Traditional restorations such as dentures can cause discomfort or even pain while chewing due to their structure and the way they are placed in the mouth. But dental implants can solve these issues since they fuse with the jaw bone and provide a more stable support for the prosthesis. The implants also allow the use of more force when chewing and do not move or fall off, making them a more comfortable solution than conventional restorations.

Another advantage of dental implants is their immediate loading, which allows patients to eat and live normally in a single day. This is much faster than the adaptation time for a removable denture, which can be months long.

Dental prosthetics are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. This makes them more comfortable to wear and helps patients feel more confident in their smiles. They also help keep the remaining teeth, gums and face healthy and active, preventing them from shrinking or shifting. In addition, they allow the mouth to properly distribute bite forces, avoiding complications such as crooked teeth and over-use of the other teeth.

Durability

Prosthetics are a solution for many oral health problems. They can replace a missing tooth or make discolored teeth look more attractive. They are durable and can last for a long time. They are also easy to care for. There are several different types of dental prosthetics, including dentures, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Some of these are removable while others are fixed in the mouth. The most durable dental prosthetics are implants.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone to act as a replacement for the tooth’s root. They can replace one, multiple, or even a whole row of missing teeth. They are extremely durable and look and feel like natural teeth.

A dental bridge is another type of dental prosthetic that can replace a single missing tooth. It consists of two crowns on either side with artificial teeth (pontics) in between them. It’s important to get a bridge fitted in time, as the loss of a single tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift and become crooked.

A dental veneer is a less obvious type of dental prosthetic. These are thin shells that are placed over a damaged or discolored tooth to restore its appearance. They are glued to the tooth using a special adhesive. This type of dental prosthetic is easy to clean and can last for up to ten years.

Health

Dental prosthetics can correct many health issues. In addition to replacing missing teeth, they can make discolored or damaged teeth look more attractive. They can also help you chew your food properly, which helps to keep your digestive system healthy.

Missing teeth can be harmful to the tissues around them, and they may even cause jawbone loss. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as surrogate tooth roots. A crown is then attached to the implant, which acts as a replacement tooth. These implants are often preferred over dentures, which can be uncomfortable or loose.

Unlike partial and full dentures, dental implants reduce bone loss. They do this by providing the jawbone with a replacement tooth that exerts pressure when chewing, similar to natural teeth. This can significantly decrease oral bone loss.

Dental prosthetics can help you eat, speak, and smile normally again, boosting your confidence. However, they take some time to get used to. They can initially cause discomfort, such as excessive salivation, difficulty with speaking, and the feeling that they don’t fit in your mouth. These effects fade as your gums and jaw heal and the appliance becomes a part of your daily routine.