Dental Prosthetics: Life Changing Improvements

DENTAL PROSTHESES

Dental prosthetics such as dentures or veneers, whether fixed or removable, can provide a range of life changing improvements.

When it comes to comfort, function, and appearance of a smile, look to dental prosthetics as an option. Pioneered in the 18th century by Pierre Fauchard, a French Surgeon, this field of dental specialty has undergone tremendous advances over the centuries. From President George Washington’s wooden dentures to modern zirconium crowns, innovations are arriving on a yearly basis now. In fact, dentures of the future may not be dentures at all. Surprisingly, authentic human teeth, grown in a laboratory, are making headway. Back in 2005, scientists were able to regrow parts of a tooth. In late 2019, a method by which enamel can be regrown was developed. Normally, once it fades, enamel does not grow back. This new method was able to regrow enamel within two days. Until these technologies become available to the market, there are a range of excellent options to help improve everyday lives today. These options provide both aesthetically pleasing alterations and significantly effective health benefits. The list of dental prosthetic options fall under two main categories, mobile prosthetics and fixed. These may be made out of a variety of materials, each with their own unique benefits.

Removable Prosthetics

Complete Dentures 

Complete dentures are normally used when all the teeth are missing. They are held fast by suction or muscles in the mouth. A complete set of dentures often look better than real teeth and provides support for the facial muscles–helping to maintain a more youthful look!

Partial Dentures 

Partial dentures are a good option if you have a significant number of natural teeth or prior implants. Similar to a complete set, these are held in place via suction or muscularly. Since this is a partial set, it will need to match the color of the surrounding teeth.

Fixed Prosthetics

Bridges

Dental bridges are a crown that spans empty space between two teeth. It works by sitting on the surrounding teeth, and easily can cover a few gaps with several false teeth. They also help prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, maintain facial shape, and restore proper speaking and chewing capacities.

Crowns

Crowns are a cap placed over a natural tooth. They help to aid in teeth that have undergone significant decay or damage, helps to protect a tooth after a root canal, and may be used to improve the appearance by changing the color or shape of the tooth. For example, you may have a perfectly healthy tooth, but it might not look the way you want it to. A crown can add width or length to help attain a look you prefer.

Materials

Zirconia
Stain resistant, durable and strong, hypoallergenic
Titanium
Biocompatible, lightweight and strong, comfortable, resistant to corrosion
NickelChromium
Adequate hardness and resistance to corrosion at an affordable cost
ChromiumCobalt
Adequate hardness and resistance to corrosion, good for nickel-allergy patients
Gold Alloy
Extremely durable, minimal wear to adjacent teeth, never fractures, requires less removal
Ceramics
Natural color match, good for visible teeth and patients with metal allergies
Acrylic Resin
Fracture resistant, easy to adjust if needed, higher impact strength

When to consider moving forward with a dental prosthetic

Dental prosthetics are good for anyone who has missing teeth, or want to improve functionality and quality-of-life, or perhaps simply looking for a better smile. In addition, prosthetics helps with improving speech and reducing occurrences of inflammation in the mouth. It is important to schedule an appointment with a Prosthodontist dentist because neglect can lead to periodontal disease, among other things, which will end up costing more in the long run.