Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics restore the function and appearance of your teeth, improving your chewing ability, speech, and facial expressions. They also prevent bone loss and gum disease.

Dental prosthetics consist of many different types. They include: bridges, dentures and clasp prostheses. Dental crowns are another 韓国歯科 type of dental prosthetic. Generally, they are made of ceramics and porcelain fused to metal.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a prosthetic that fills in the gaps where teeth are missing. It can also enhance the appearance and improve chewing and speech function. It can also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting to fill the empty space.

Traditional fixed bridges are comprised of a fake tooth that is supported on either side by dental crowns. They are the most popular type of bridge. The dentist will reshape the anchor teeth by removing some of the enamel and dentin, then take impressions to create a custom fit and fabricate the crowns and pontics.

Patients must commit to exceptional oral hygiene and regular visits to a hygienist to ensure longevity of their dental bridges. They may also need to avoid certain foods that can damage the bridge.

Dentures

If you have lost all or most of your teeth, a denture may help. It helps restore your smile and provides you with the ability to eat comfortably and speak clearly.

They are the most common way to replace missing teeth. Dentures look and feel like your own natural teeth. They can also prevent the structures around your mouth from sagging, which makes you look older.

To make a denture, we start with a plaster model and add fake teeth to it. We will try the model in your mouth at each step to assess fit, bite, and esthetics. We will build on this model until you get a denture that feels comfortable and looks natural in your mouth. It is important to care for your dentures to keep them clean and in good shape.

Implants

An implant looks like a screw, cylinder or blade that’s placed in your jawbone during surgery to hold prosthetic teeth. It’s made from titanium, which integrates with your bone. This makes it a strong replacement tooth.

Implants are the most natural-looking and feeling of all dental restorations. They can be fixed or removable, depending on the type of restoration.

Implants are fabricated in dental laboratories with CAD-CAM technology. The CAD-CAM process allows for highly accurate machining of interesting new materials such as ceramics and titanium. This has changed the way dental laboratories work and lowered costs.

Partial Prosthesis

A removable partial denture rests on the gums, supported by clasps that wrap around nearby natural teeth. This type of prosthesis is often used as a temporary treatment option, or in cases where the patient is unable to afford an implant and/or fixed bridge.

Removable partials are also useful in preventing the soft tissues and remaining teeth from shifting due to tooth loss. However, they can cause discomfort when chewing or speaking and may trap food debris within the soft tissues.

Valplast flexible partials are fabricated with a thin, lightweight, and hypoallergenic plastic for precise tissue adaptation and comfort. They use metal-free clasps that avoid the irritation and sensitivity of traditional metal partials. They are a great choice for patients with allergies or sensitivities to mercury and other metals.

Clasp Prosthesis

Clasp prosthesis is a cast metal arc that connects two bases, replacing missing teeth. It can be fixed on the palate (in case of a partial denture), or under the tongue (in case of a full denture). The base is fixed on natural teeth with hooks (clasps) or locks, or by means of telescopic crowns.

The structure acts like a splint, distributing functional load among the teeth and gums. It does not require preliminary grinding of the natural teeth and is characterized by stability, aesthetics and minimal distortion of taste, smell and speech.

However, a clasp denture can break or loosen due to a variety of reasons – from chewing hard food, to natural wear and tear or bruxism. It is important to refurbish the prothesis in time to avoid complications with speech, eating and appearance of the mouth.