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Dental Prosthesis: Why Do You Need it and How is the Procedure Done?

Dental Prosthesis: Why Do You Need it and How is the Procedure Done?

A dental prosthesis is an umbrella term used to refer to prosthetics used in dental medicine to replace missing teeth, parts of teeth, and even soft or hard structures of the jaw.

This procedure is extremely important. When there are gaps in your teeth, it can also mean your bite is affected. The teeth next to the space of the missing tooth or teeth can lean into the gap. This changes the way your upper and lower teeth come down together into a bite. Gaps in the teeth can also lead to food getting packed into them, which then causes tooth decay and gum disease.

Kinds of Dental Prostheses

With proper care, dental prostheses can last for years. This is, of course, considering that it is coupled with healthy dental practices at home and regular visits to the dentist. Different types of dental prostheses include the following:

  1. Dentures or partial dentures
  2. Dental implants
  3. Crowns
  4. Dental bridges

Dentures

Dentures replace all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. On the other hand, a partial denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. They are fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps, which can either be metal or made from the newer, thermoplastic/flexible material.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most popular kinds of dental prostheses. They are designed to effortlessly blend in with the rest of your original teeth. The materials used are usually titanium and others that are proven to be compatible with the human body.

However, with this being said, dental implants are only recommended to people who are in considerable good health. Those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or leukemia may not be qualified to have dental implants. Dentists would also advise tobacco smokers against taking this procedure as all these factors could affect the healing process after the procedure.

Dental Crown

A crown is a type of dental prosthesis that focuses more on a single tooth. It is put in to make a tooth stronger and to improve its appearance. Its purpose is to act as a support for a tooth with a large filling in the event that there isn’t much left of the original tooth to support the filling. Dentists also recommend it to cover discolored or badly shaped teeth as well as to blend a dental implant better.

Dental Bridge

Finally, a dental bridge is a kind of dental prosthesis that makes use of the teeth surrounding the gap to support the artificial tooth to be installed, replacing the original missing tooth or teeth.

Dental bridge procedures attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw or right under gum tissue and usually, they are made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Lately, there have also been new bridges made completely of a specific type of strong porcelain.

The success of this procedure is heavily dependent on the strength of the surrounding teeth, which is why this procedure is recommended to patients whose remaining teeth are verified to be in good condition.

Dental Prosthesis is Different for Every Person

One thing all these dental prostheses have in common is that their maintenance all involve keeping the health of the remaining original teeth as well as making sure regular visits to the dentist are being taken. This is necessary because it’s important to have dental prosthetics that fit the patient individually.

Everyone’s mouths are different, which is why different dental prostheses may be recommended to different people. At the end of the day, the dental professional is there to determine which one will best fit the profile of the patient.

Learn more about Cosmetic Dentistry here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

A Dental Prosthesis From the Early Modern Age in Tuscany (Italy)
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cid.12460
Accessed March 20, 2021

Dental Implants and How Crucial Replacing Teeth Really Is
https://www.dentalhealth.org/Blog/dental-implants-and-how-crucial-replacing-teeth-really-is
Accessed March 20, 2021

Bridges and Partial Dentures
https://www.dentalhealth.org/bridges-and-partial-dentures
Accessed March 20, 2021

Dentures
https://www.dentalhealth.org/dentures
Accessed March 20, 2021

Bridges
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/bridges
Accessed March 20, 2021

Crowns
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/crowns
Accessed March 20, 2021

Implants
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants
Accessed March 20, 2021

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Written by Veronika Caraos Updated Jun 23
Medically reviewed by Grazielle Millo-Paderes, DMD
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