Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that treats patients with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues to obtain optimal oral health and aesthetics with the use of dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns. A prosthodontist can improve the function, appearance, aesthetics and health of a patient.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials intended to cover the front (facial) part of the teeth for improved appearance.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
- Discolored teeth that can be caused by root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; like the presence of large resin fillings.
Crowns / Bridges
A crown or a bridge is a prosthesis that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental cements to treat problems of decay, fractured teeth, as well as to protect teeth which have undergone root canal treatment or large fillings
REASONS FOR CROWNS OR BRIDGES
- Protects decayed or fractured tooth
- Can be used as permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
Bridges are planned when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space.
A normal process for a full crown restoration needs 2-3 appointments. Although the majority of crown treatments are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure that it is properly fit.
An all-ceramic bridge (or porcelain with ceramic substrate) is the most aesthetically pleasing among all the bridges. There is 100% no metal, so translucency is usually excellent (depending on the type of materials used for the all-ceramic bridge). It gives the exact replica of natural tooth.
These bridges are usually indicated on front teeth or teeth that are highly visible. We use only the best materials (a combination of beauty, biocompatibility, and strength) for our all-ceramic bridges.
A denture, commonly a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal, dentures provide support for the cheeks and lips and help you eat, speak, and function.
DURATION TAKE TO MAKE DENTURES?
The duration of the treatment depends on a case-to-case basis. The process starts with an examination and diagnosis and impressions then subsequent recording and bite registration.
PROBLEMS FACED AFTER DENTURE DELIVERY?
Depending on the patient, it will take several days or weeks before you get adjusted to the new dentures.
Here are some useful tips to help you adapt to the new dentures.
- Increased salivary flow –Salivation is a natural process by the glands. Swallowing more often will help in this situation, although everything will be back to normal after a few weeks.
- Speech –Pronouncing certain words may be difficult as you are adjusting to the new dentures, but you can speed up the adjusting process by reading out loud and repeating troublesome words. This problem rarely persists beyond 1 week.
- Ulcers – Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities on the denture-stress bearing areas are quite common. However, seek dentist if the discomfort is persistent or if the irritation becomes very painful.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR DENTURES
Like natural teeth, dentures can accumulate plaque and food debris, particularly in areas where the denture is in contact with your gums and remaining teeth. In addition to the usual brushing, dentures should be cleaned regularly to avoid staining and emitting a bad odour.
If possible, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal. When cleaning, remember the following procedures:
- Use a soft hand brush or a special denture brush.
- Avoid very hot water as it may distort the denture.
- Use a mild detergent to clean dentures. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that can roughen the polished surface of the denture. Do not use bleach as this may whiten the pink acrylic.
- Soak the dentures in denture cleanser once a week to remove stains and always rinse them thoroughly before using the dentures again.
- When you are not wearing the dentures, store them in water. Dentures may lose their shape if left to dry out.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU WEAR YOUR DENTURES?
During the first few days, you will be advised to wear them most of the time except when sleeping. Always remove the dentures before going to sleep to allow your gum tissues to rest and maintain oral health.
The “All-on-Four is aimed at patients wanting to get rid of their dentures or for those in need of a complete fixed upper and/or lower teeth restoration.
The procedure of placing four dental implants to secure the prosthesis, giving the patient comfort and security that is missing from removable dentures. The “All-on-Four” implants also help to preserve the jaw bone. The entire procedure is painless as the patient will be sedated under local anaesthesia.
Another major benefit by the “All-on-Four” procedure is its ability to always bypass the need for bone grafting.
The “All-on-Four” procedure completely eliminates discomforts of dentures, and patients can once again enjoy the freedom speech and function just like old times.