Your Replacement Options For Missing Teeth
Dental Implant is a metallic screw that is placed into the jaw bone to which artificial teeth in the form of crown, bridge or denture are attached. It is the latest and gold standard treatment modality for the replacement of missing teeth if the condition of patient’s jaw bone and other factors allow for the placement of implant. Dental Implant is a multi-staged procedure that involves 3-4 appointments over a period of 3-5 months.
A crown, sometimes known as dental cap, is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth. Crowns are often needed when a large portion of tooth structure is compromised due either due to a cavity or after a root canal treatment. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
Getting a crown on your tooth typically involves two appointments. First one in which a tooth is prepared to receive a crown and the second one in which the crown is placed on to a tooth.
There are different types of crowns depending on the type of material used in their fabrication,
1. Metal crown
2. Porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM)
3. All ceramic crown (Zirconia/E-Max)
A Dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth.
The adjacent natural teeth act as pillars to support the false teeth.
A bridge has the ability to restore the smile and enhance your chewing efficiency. It helps in distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth and prevents the remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Bridge is a beneficial alternate for the people wanting a fixed replacement for their missing teeth.
Getting a bridge usually involves two appointments. First one in which the natural adjacent teeth are prepared and the second one in which the bridge is placed in your mouth.
A complete denture (also known as a full denture, false teeth or plate) is a removable appliance used when all teeth within a jaw have been lost and need to be prosthetically replaced. In contrast to a partial denture, a complete denture is constructed when there are no more natural teeth left in the jaw.
Having a set of artificial teeth can restore your ability to chew food properly, facial shape, smile esthetics, speech, pronunciation and self-esteem.
These dentures are fabricated through a series of appointments and lab steps.
A partial denture (RPD) is a very useful solution for a patient who desires to have replacement of teeth but cannot have a bridge (a fixed dental prosthesis) for any reason, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge or financial limitations.
This type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture because patients can remove and reinsert it when required without professional help.
These dentures usually involve 2-4 appointments and serve as a helpful prosthetic device for patients with multiple missing teeth.
Veneer is a thin shell like covering placed usually only over the front surface of the tooth to improve the smile esthetics and/or protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
There are mainly two types of veneers,
1. Direct Composite Veneer: It is directly placed (built-up in the mouth) in a single appointment.
2. Indirect Porcelain Veneer: It involves the preparation of the tooth followed by sending the records to the lab. The veneer is fabricated in the lab and placed in the patient’s mouth in second appointment. They are fixed on to the teeth with the help of a resin cement.
Veneers are a conservative solution (as compared to crown) for the people who want to mask their teeth by a cover in order to change the colour/shape of their teeth.
Night-guard or occlusal splint is a removable dental appliance custom made to fit the upper or lower arch of the teeth.
People who have the habit of bruxism or grinding of teeth are advised to wear the night-guard while sleeping. The patients are usually unaware of this habit and thus they cannot stop it.
Night-guards help to decrease this habit and prevent the wear of tooth surfaces as a result of grinding.