The dental prosthesis does not necessarily mean traditional prosthesis. Fewer and fewer patients use the prosthesis we know from our grandparents, the one they put in a glass at night. Now there are better, more pleasant and more comfortable solutions.
Nowadays, the most common prosthetic works are dental crowns, for teeth that require extra support, dental veneers for teeth that require an aesthetic adjustment, and only then prosthetic works that replace a series of teeth.
And there is another thing. Modern dental prosthetics use implants as anchors, they don’t “steal” healthy teeth, and so you don’t need to use your own teeth for it. Because our purpose is to save our teeth.
1. Spaces between teeth, unsightly bumps in the tooth, shape or yellowish tint can be corrected with dental veneers. These are the restorations that are closest in look to the appearance of the natural tooth. They are easy to maintain, easy to place, do not cause allergies, and last a long time.
2. Dental crowns have the purpose to cover a tooth that still has a good root but needs a major dental crown restoration to ensure its stability and shape.
3. Usually, for one, two or three missing neibouring teeth, we recommend implants, but we can also choose the traditional dental bridge solution. A dental bridge fills the space between two teeth, which in turn will be “sacrificed” to act as pillars. We can make the dental bridges on two implants, so the teeth will remain as is, untouched by a dental drill. We can also make other types of dental bridges stabilized on staples, Doder bar, locators or telescopes.
4. When all teeth are missing from an arch, traditional prosthesis is the most affordable solution, but not the most stable one. The best option is the total denture stabilized on implants, which ensures its stability and facilitates the chewing process.
5. When you only have a tooth to act as pillar for a dental bridge, a partially skeletal prosthesis using special anchoring systems can be created.
Zirconium prosthetic works have the advantage of being more aesthetically pleasing than metal-ceramic because the zirconium is white. The metal has a dark grey colour, and in time there may appear a grey line at the root of the tooth with a metal-ceramic crown.
A zirconium dental crown involves removing less dental tissue than with the metal-ceramic crown, so the zirconium work will always be thinner, more natural looking.
Zirconium does not cause allergic reactions and irritation in the oral cavity, being particularly well tolerated by the body. The metallic alloy, in turn, can cause allergies and unpleasant taste.
Both materials have a high resistance over time, but at a cost level, metal-ceramic work is cheaper than zirconium.
It depends on what material is made of. Acrylic dentures are made from a more porous material, which accumulates more easily the deposition of bacterial plaque, and in the case of poor hygiene, it can easily change its colour over time. Ceramic works are preferable because they maintain their colour over the years.