Prosthetics are used to reconstruct intraoral defects such as missing, or missing parts of teeth, soft or hard structures of the jaw and palate. Prosthetics are used to rehabilitate jaws and chewing ability, improve aesthetics and also speech.
Movable and Immovable Dentures (partial & total)
A partial denture is used when a jaw is missing several teeth and gaps cannot be corrected using either porcelain bridges or implants. Construction is based on the remaining teeth in various ways, such as connectors, precision attachment, etc. which is removed from the mouth and cleaned daily by the patient.
A full denture is used when a jaw is missing all its teeth. It is a mobile structure that replaces all the teeth and is used when prosthodontics restoration onto implants cannot be fixed. Nevertheless in some cases, 2 or 4 implants can be placed beneath the full denture using precision attachment, making it almost immovable.
The crown is a cover made either entirely of porcelain or metal frame inside and porcelain outside. It covers and protects the entire tooth (after reground). A crown can change the color, the shape and size of the tooth with great success.
Dental Bridges are used to span, or bridge a gap (missing teeth) between healthy teeth. Same as with crowns, teeth on either side of the empty space are reshaped and reduced in size. The two shaped teeth then act as anchors, or abutments. The bridge is attached to the living, health teeth and fills the missing tooth space.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement
Advantages of Porcelain Veeners
Porcelain veneers offer several advantages in addition to saving tooth structure. They are an excellent way to change the shape and color of your teeth as well as close spaces or correct rotated teeth. If you have fillings in your teeth, doing porcelain veneers can allow a longer term restoration than the fillings which may continue to change colors and break down.