Article written byElite Dental Group
A dental prosthesis is used to replace a missing tooth or strengthen and cover a damaged tooth. Implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and veneers are some of the most common dental prostheses available today.
Each dental prosthesis helps to fix a particular dental problem. Here are the differences of each device:
Dental implants – Dental implants are fixed onto the jawbone and function as a normal tooth. Implants are a good alternative for dentures as they do not require any additional maintenance. However, implants require preparation as the dentist has to surgically insert a titanium fixture that is implanted into the bone. Following this procedure, the patient will have to wait a few months for the implant to attach itself to the jaw bone. After this happens the prosthetic can be placed on the implant.
Crowns – Crowns cover a single tooth that is damaged. Crowns can also be placed on each side of a tooth or placed on each side of a false tooth.
Dentures – Dentures replace a few teeth or a row of teeth. Although dentures are a relatively affordable option, they are not as comfortable and require additional care in comparison to other prostheses.
Veneers – Veneers are thin shells that cover damaged or stained teeth. They help to reshape teeth and improve their appearance.
A properly fitted prosthesis can support a patient’s remaining teeth and will allow them to eat and speak normally. Some dentists will require dental impressions of the patient’s mouth to help the dentist create a prosthesis that maintains a patient’s bite.
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