Dentures: Brief Overview
One of the popular methods for tooth restoration is prosthodontics. In this publication, we will provide more detailed information about removable and non-removable prosthetics, their types, and advantages.
What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the process of restoring or replacing natural teeth with special dental prosthetic structures.
- Prosthodontics with Crowns: In previous publications, we extensively discussed various types of crowns, so we won’t dwell on that here.
- Bridge-like Prosthodontics: When you have lost three or more adjacent teeth, it is most logical to opt for bridge-like prosthetics. A bridge is a structure consisting of several interconnected crowns. There are different types of bridges:
- Supported by natural teeth.
- Supported by implants (these are purely functional implants and differ from aesthetic ones).
- Adhesive bridge construction (in this method, the bridge is attached with the help of a thin plate adhered to the supporting tooth).
- Microprosthetics: Microprosthetics include inlays, veneers, laminates, and prostheses with micro-locks.
- Inlays: Internal prostheses that help restore a severely damaged tooth.
- Veneers: A special overlay that can be used to repair chips, cracks, or alter the shape of a tooth.
- Laminates: Laminates refer to extremely thin porcelain overlays on a tooth, not thicker than a contact lens. They are durable and can last up to 20 years.
These types of prosthetics include:
- Acrylic Dentures: This type of prosthesis is made of acrylic, which closely resembles natural gums. While this material doesn’t damage the oral mucosa, it can potentially cause allergies. Due to the porous microstructure of acrylic, it’s also possible for bacteria to proliferate, so it’s advisable to rinse them after each meal.
- Clasp Dentures: These are installed when there is a lack of chewing teeth. Clasp dentures consist of a framework (metal sublingual or palatal arch), plastic base, and crowns.