Prosthodontics

Restoring Teeth

is that branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral functions, comfort, appearance and health of the patient's natural teeth, replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.

 

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics Can Help in Many Ways

As dental experts in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, prosthodontists are able to treat many different types of dental conditions such as:

 

  • Complex care management involving multiple specialists

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  • Post-oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care

  • Children born with missing teeth

  • TMJ - jaw joint problems

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Snoring and sleep disorders

 

The prosthodontist's goal is integrating natural-looking replacement materials with the patient's original facial structure into a comfortable and pleasing appearance. Prosthodontists are exceptionally skilled in "creating generations of smiles." Whatever your age, you owe it to yourself to see how a specialist in tooth restoration and tooth replacement can help you.

 

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Removable

Permanently Cemented

Replacements Types

 

Dentures

Dentures are an appliance that replace the missing teeth in the mouth. Full, or complete dentures consist of upper and lower prosthetic teeth. They are usually reserved as a last resort. They have greatly improved from their original designs. Better materials and technologies have allowed dentists to fit them comfortably with a completely natural appearance.

Who Can Benefit From Dentures?

 Dentures were designed for people who have lost all of their teeth. These types of dentures are called complete dentures being placed in the bone under the dentures. In some cases, complete dentures can be given additional support by the use of implants. 

Complete Denture

They cover the whole surface of your upper or lower jaw. These kinds of dentures rest directly on your gums. In some cases, one or more natural teeth are left intact when a denture is made.

Partial denture

Is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth and can be attached to the teeth with clasps. The metal portions of the partial hold it in place. Partial dentures are easily removable, which is ideal for cleaning and eating purposes.

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Permanently Cemented

 

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding the pontic in place are attached to oral Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious 

your teeth on either side of the false tooth. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable dentures.
hygiene, but will last as long as ten years or more.

Who is a candidate for dental bridges?​

If you have missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices, you should discuss this procedure with us. If spaces are left unfilled, they may cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. Additionally, spaces from missing teeth can cause your other teeth and your gums to become far more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Maryland / Resin Bonded Bridges

Besides traditional bridges, another popular design is the resin bonded or "Maryland" bridge, primarily used for the front teeth. This bridge is best used when the abutment teeth are healthy and don't have large fillings. The false tooth (pontic) is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. This type of bridge reduces the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.

Cantilever Bridges

In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth (pontic) to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.

Inlay Bridge

Is a conservative bridge that aims to reduce the preparation of adjacent teeth, known as the abutments. The process of the fabrication of this bridge is identical to other bridges. The teeth are prepared, an impression is taken, a temporary bridge is made, and the impression is sent to a lab to have the bridge fabricated.

 

If the dimensions of the bridge are not too large, a CEREC bridge can be fabricated. We can then have first-hand control of the fit and aesthetics of the bridge, and you can receive your bridge in a single day.

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