Today, there are a variety of techniques and technologies for replacing missing teeth. The patient’s situation and needs are assessed to determine which solution is the most appropriate.
Wondering which option is best for you? Here are the different types of dental prosthesis that are available.
An implant-supported crown is a fixed dental prosthesis, meaning that only an oral health specialist can remove it.
Like a regular crown, an implant-supported crown is used to resolve a problem with a single tooth. Unlike a regular crown, an implant-supported crown replaces the tooth entirely. A maxillofacial surgeon places a single dental implant and uses it to anchor the crown, replacing the natural tooth.
An implant-supported bridge is another type of fixed dental prosthesis. Also called fixed partial dentures, implant-supported bridges are used to replace multiple adjacent missing teeth.
As its name suggests, an implant-supported bridge uses two implants to support a prosthesis that bridges a gap of several missing teeth. Using implants eliminates the need for trimming the adjacent healthy teeth, which are used as anchors in regular bridges.
Once the implants are placed and the dental prosthesis is attached, the patient’s teeth will look normal and their ability to chew will be fully restored.
Complete dentures, also called full dentures, are designed for people who suffer from toothlessness or terminal dentition. They are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower dental arch.
This type of dental prosthesis can be fixed or removable, depending on the patient’s situation. Here are the advantages of each of the options.
Patients who are newly toothless and have never worn dentures before usually choose fixed dentures. A maxillofacial surgeon will place dental implants to anchor the prosthesis. Four implants are usually enough to hold full dentures in place.
Due to the support provided by the dental implants, fixed dentures are a little more stable than removable ones. They also limit the chewing and speech problems that sometimes occur with removable dentures.
Finally, fixed dentures in the upper jaw do not cover the palate, making it easier to taste and feel the texture and temperature of food. This helps newly toothless patients adapt to their situation more quickly.
Even though they can easily be taken out and put back in, removable overdentures still offer excellent stability and retention. The fact that patients can remove the overdentures themselves greatly facilitates . They also tend to be less expensive than fixed dentures.
There are two different options for overdentures, bar-supported and locator-retained, which are two different kinds of implants the maxillofacial surgeon can use to anchor the overdentures.
Reputable implant services at Clinique MFML
If you have lost or damaged teeth, there are a variety of solutions available to you.
At Clinique MFML, our maxillofacial surgeons provide dental implant services to prepare patients for their fixed or removable dental prostheses.
Want to find out more about our services? Feel free to contact us!