What is prosthetic dentistry?
A person can lose his or her teeth due to trauma, dental decay, or deterioration of the connective tissue or gums. Having missing teeth can also be congenital. Prosthetic dentistry is the replacement of these missing teeth with the use of artificial methods. It can involve the replacement of lost or damaged teeth as well as the visible part or the surface of the tooth.
What can be fixed with dental crowns?
Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, can replace a badly damaged tooth due to extensive decay or excessive fillings. It can also serve as covering for a tooth that has darkened because of root canal therapy. A dental crown provides strength to the damaged tooth as well as improves its appearance. A crown is placed in the tooth by grounding it into a small support pillar wherein the crown will be built on.
What can a fixed bridge do?
Missing teeth can also be replaced with dental bridges. Individuals who still have enough number of healthy teeth can benefit from a fixed bridge. The process involves reducing the size of adjacent teeth and removing all their enamel to make way for the prosthetic tooth or teeth. Once the preparation is done, artificial teeth can be suspended between the prepared adjacent teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that serve as replacement for missing tooth or teeth. They are placed into the jaw and may be placed to support a dental bridge. Individuals who have lost a tooth or two due to periodontal disease or trauma can greatly benefit from this prosthesis.
What can dentures do?
When all of the teeth are missing, or when there are only a few healthy teeth left in the mouth, a complete denture can be considered as a prosthetic solution. This type of dental prosthesis is removable and can serve as replacement for teeth. It can be in the form of partial or full dentures.
How long can dental prostheses last?
Having dental prostheses can take some getting used to. The tissues in the mouth will take time to adapt and adjust with the presence of dental prostheses. However, regular visits to the dentist can help as these visits involve adjusting the dental prosthesis if necessary. Good oral hygiene is an important way to prolong the durability of your dental device. It can last a lifetime with proper care and cleaning.