If you have lost or damaged teeth, it’s important to know what options are available for replacing them. Fixed prosthesis dental solutions can help you to regain the appearance and function of your teeth.
A fixed prosthesis is a permanent solution that is bonded to your natural teeth or to artificial roots, such as dental implants. Its main advantages include a natural look and reduced pressure felt when chewing food.
Dental implants are used to support and secure fixed prostheses (dentures, bridges, partial dentures) that replace missing teeth. They are an esthetic and durable option that is widely accepted by patients and their families.
Implants can be placed individually to replace one tooth or in a series of places throughout the jawbone to retain a multiple tooth prosthesis. The implants are connected to abutments by a screw or fused together in a single piece during the prosthetic fabrication process.
In a traditional implant supported fixed complete prosthesis, four to six implants are placed in specific locations throughout the upper or lower jaw. Then, a temporary prosthesis made of an esthetic plastic material is attached to the implants for a three to six month period of osseointegration and healing before the definitive prosthesis is attached.
Zirconia is the strongest and most natural-looking material in implant dentistry. It’s used to make a fixed bridge that’s permanently attached to your dental implants.
When compared to titanium, zirconia is much better for tissue and doesn’t irritate gums like it does with metal implants. It also doesn’t gather food pieces that rot and feed bacteria, which causes gum inflammation or gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal disease of the surrounding teeth.
The other big benefit of zirconia is that it won’t feel heavy or uncomfortable when you bite down and open your mouth. This is important because you don’t want to have a lot of weight pulling on the implants before they integrate fully into your jawbone.
Another advantage of zirconia is that it doesn’t stain or chip, and it will last for years to come. It’s the ideal choice for full mouth dental implants, and we can customize a bridge to your specific smile specifications.
Porcelain is a durable, natural-looking material used to make dental crowns and bridges. It can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth and shaped to fit your mouth perfectly.
Porcelain crowns are fabricated in a dental laboratory and usually require two appointments to complete the process. During the first appointment your dentist will prepare your tooth and take several highly accurate impressions to be used to create the crown.
The second appointment will involve placing the porcelain crown over your tooth and cementing it in place. Your dentist will also clean the underlying tooth to ensure that your new crown is properly fitted.
Porcelain fixed bridges are one of the most popular types of dental bridges. They use anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and pontics to fill the gap created by missing teeth. They are made from a combination of porcelain and metal.
Bridges are an effective method of replacing one or more missing teeth. They also help restore the appearance and function of a smile, and can improve your oral health and wellbeing.
Dental bridges are usually made of a metal or porcelain framework that holds a pontic, which is a false tooth, in place over the space left by the missing tooth. They can be placed on abutment teeth, dental implants, or natural teeth on either side of the gap.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared by your healthcare provider, who may reshape these to make room for the crown that will hold the bridge in place. They will then take impressions or a digital scan of your teeth, which will be used as a model by a lab to create the bridge, pontic, and crowns.