Dental prosthetics is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses. The American Dental Association explains that this dental specialty addresses the “diagnosis, treatment, planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients experiencing the clinical conditions connected to missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.” Dental prosthetics are constantly improving through continued research and technological advancements, and the great variety of solutions to tooth loss that dental prosthetics provide regularly renew the beauty and functionality of the smiles of millions of adults throughout Florida and across America.
Need for Dental Prosthetics
Dental decay, dental trauma, the destruction of connective tissue, or teeth that do not even develop can leave a mouth with missing teeth. Therefore, dental prosthetics can provide functional replacements for the teeth and soft tissues that are often missing after such misfortunes. A variety of artificial prostheses, both fixed and removable, can restore the oral capabilities and attractive appearance of mouths with missing teeth, and these prostheses include:
Crowns, or caps, are fixed dental restorations that are placed over a tooth in order to restore form and function. Crowns are a type of replacement for damaged teeth that conceals the visible part of the tooth if extensive decay in the tooth has been filled in several times or if the tooth has darkened as a result of root canal therapy. With each of the two different methods of applying crowns, the processing of crowning strengthens the tooth and polishes its appearance. The first method of applying crowns involves building the crown on top of the tooth, and the second method involves replacing a missing tooth altogether by adhering the crown to an implant.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration that serves to replace one or more missing teeth. Several different types of bridges have been used throughout the dental industry over the years, but some have remained more popular than others. The most traditional construction of a dental bridge involves a false tooth attached between the two crowns. Another type of bridge that is still in use is a resin-bonded bridge that bonds metal or porcelain wings attached to a fake tooth to existing teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
Many different materials can be used for crowns and bridges, including:
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Dental composite
At Village Dental, the materials we most often recommend to our patients for crowns are porcelain, porcelain fused to zirconium, zirconium, and gold.
Partial dentures are similar to a bridge in that they can replace multiple missing teeth with a series of artificial teeth. However, partial dentures differ from bridges in that they are removable prosthetic solutions that cover the gaps caused by missing teeth only when they are installed into the mouth. Partial dentures are a practical solution for patients for a variety of reasons, such as a lack of the teeth required to support a bridge or a monetary restriction. Partial dentures can be a plate made of acrylic plastic or metal to which artificial teeth are fixed, and these dental restorations can be inserted and removed by the patient without the assistance of a dental professional, whereas fixed dental restorations can only be removed by a dental professional.
Full dentures are the dental restoration prostheses used when all of the teeth in a single arch, whether the upper or the lower, are missing. Dentures are prosthetic devices supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, but many different denture designs are available, some of which involve bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. For the convenience of the patient, full dentures can be snapped in to the mouth with the use of a few implants, and in these cases, the patient can still remove dentures for cleaning.
Our Village Dental Care Approach to Dental Prosthetics
Village Dental has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide our patients with the dental prosthetic that is perfect for them based on their dental history and oral hygiene. In order to ensure the consistent proper fit of your dental prosthesis, we plan for our patients to visit us regularly in case adjustments to the prosthesis need to be made. We also continue to provide the most specialized dental care and cleaning for our patients for the sake of the lasting durability of their dental prostheses. It’s the Village Dental Care difference.