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Dental prosthesis


Dental prosthesis is used to replace a part of a tooth, or one or more teeth. There are various types of dental prosthesis.


Taking impression


Your dentist starts the process by taking the impression. Based on the impression and the description of your dentist, the prosthesis will be custom made for you. In some cases, several impressions are required.
                                              
 

You will get a provisional prothesis to protect the tooth and keep smiling during you wait for the permanent one.


There are different types of dentures considered depending on your specific condition.

1. Fixed dentures


The damaged tooth can be restored using fixed denture.Several types of fixed prosthesis are used as appropriate:

  • Dental crown to replace the whole visible part of the tooth. The crown then covers the entire tooth and helps strengthen it.
  • An inlay to replace a small part of the tooth.
  • An onlay is a partial tooth crown.

To replace one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can be indicated by your dentist. The bridge attachs the artificial tooth to adjacent teeth in form of an inlay, onlay or crown.

                                             
 


2. Removable dentures
 

Removable dentures are those that can be inserted and removed as desired. They can be partial or complete:
  • A removable partial denture replaces just some missing teeth. It supports itself on the gums and the remaining teeth with the help of hooks.
                                             
 
  • A complete removable denture replaces all of the teeth in a jaw and simply rests on the gums


3. Dentures on implants


There are two types of implant prosthesis:
  • Fixed prosthetics on dental implants are artificial dental crowns or bridges sealed or screwed on implants
  • Removable dentures on implants are  partial or complete dentures fastened to the implants with  snaps.