Types of dental prosthesis

Twin Cities Dentist discuss Dental Prosthesis

Prosthetic dentistry, also known as prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that covers the scope of replacing missing teeth by the use of dentures and other artificial dental methods. It also deals with the reconstruction of other oral defects like missing parts of teeth and problems on the structures of jaw and teeth bones. Prosthetic dental treatment means that a damaged single tooth or all teeth are being replaced by an artificial method constructed by a dental laboratory.


Examples of prosthetic dentistry

  • Denture

Dentures are false teeth and artificial tissue replacement for damaged missing teeth. They are designed to fit passively over the gums to eliminate the gaps due to missing teeth. They can either be complete or partial. Complete dentures are for a full set of missing upper or lower teeth and partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth.

  • Orthodontic appliance

Orthodontic appliance refers to those devices necessary to prevent future dental defects or correct existing teeth problem. Some examples are braces, retainers, and headgears. They can be permanently fixed to the teeth or removable.

  • Crown

A crown, also known as the “cap”, is covering in the teeth with a permanent material that restores the function of the teeth and beauty of the mouth. The crown protects the tooth structure and strength of the tooth. For those who undergone root canal treatment, a crown is best suited to lengthen the wear and tear of the treatment.

  • Bridge

A bridge is a structure that bridges a gap caused by a missing tooth. It is fixed on the neighboring teeth for perfect placement. With good oral hygiene and regular follow-up check-ups, dental bridges can last up to 15 years or longer.

 Dental prosthetics is changing the way we faced dental defects nowadays. It boosts confidence in a person for smiling and talking. This is not just for aesthetic purposes, but it also has an significant role. Modern dental prosthesis restores chewing function in a patient, thus, ensuring overall good health. Contact your Twin Cities dentist today to learn more about Dental Prosthesis.