Dentists who are prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They have advance training and work at a higher level to provide the best treatment available. They are trained to apply basic fundamentals to complex problems. Prosthodontists can coordinate the patient’s treatment with other dental and health professionals to best achieve the patient’s goals.
These prosthetic teeth are designed to repair damaged teeth. They are made of ceramic or a combination of metal and porcelain materials, and are designed to resemble the natural appearance of teeth.
These are prosthodontic restorations designed to treat missing teeth. They may be supported by natural teeth or be supported by implants. Dental bridges are often used in place of removable partial dentures.
Removable Complete Dentures
Removable prostodontics involve two types of prosthesis: partial dentures and complete (full) dentures. The complete denture replaces all the teeth in one arch. A full denture is retained and supported by the underlying tissues, the alveolar ridges and the hard palate. In some cases, teeth are retained in the arch or implants are placed to support the denture.
These full-mouth teeth replacements are designed for patients who have lost their entire dentition. They help people who have lost teeth due to trauma or poor oral hygiene. Dentures help improve the chewing ability of patients and aesthetic appearance.
Dentures take time to adapt to due to the rubbing and pressing of dentures on the mucous membranes. Visits to the prosthodontist for adjustments should resolve this issue. Though there are disadvantages to dentures, most patients prefer dentures over problems associated with an edentulous lifestyle.
The denture has two basic components: the base and the denture teeth. The external surface of the denture resembles natural tissues and the denture teeth are constructed to fit with the natural or artificial teeth of the opposing arch.
Removable Partial Dentures
These dentures are designed for partially-edentulous patients, who have lost some teeth but not all teeth. This is one option for patients.
- Partial dentures are repaired and adjusted easily. If teeth are lost in the dental arch, they can be added to the partial denture.
- Partial dentures require fewer procedures and fewer appointments than fixed protheses.
- Maintaining good oral hygiene of the appliance and abutments is easier because it is removable.
Partial dentures are an cost effective solution to change the missing teeth and fill the gap, improving the confidence to smile and enhancing chewing ability. A partial denture will help to ensure that your teeth are not shifting and it will reduce the risk of losing your teeth.
Valplast is a flexible base resin ideal for partial dentures or unilateral restorations. The biocompatible nylon and thermoplastic resin of Valplast provide the perfect degree of flexibility and stability when processed and finished to the recommended thickness. While every patient is different, our experienced dentists will create your personalized solution.
Stayplate (Temporary Denture)
If you are scheduled to have a tooth pulled before getting your partial denture, then your dentist may advise you to get a temporary partial denture or a stayplate while your gums and their supporting bone are healing. A stayplate will replace the missing tooth or teeth and can help you with your chewing and speaking until a more permanent solution is achieved. A stayplate will also help maintain your appearance when in public and keep your existing teeth from shifting in your mouth and creating bigger problems.
Stayplates are made using your mouth as a model. First, your dentist will take an accurate impression of the upper and lower arches of your mouth and establish a bite that best resembles your original bite. Your dentist will also help you select the shape and color of the stayplate teeth and gums. This impression is then sent to the dental laboratory.
At the subsequent visit, the teeth will be removed and the stayplate will be delivered. The most important point to remember is that adjusting to your stayplate is a process and stayplate is a temporary replacement until another form of treatment such as an implant, bridge or a partial denture can be made.
Fixed Partial Dentures
This is another option for partially-edentulous patients. Instead of a removable denture, these dentures are fixed onto the remaining teeth. They are considered to fall under the same category as dental bridges.
The remaining option for partially-edentulous patients is dental implant. Patients may choose to have an implant to replace a missing tooth. Implants use a titanium screw and abutment to support crowns. They are another aesthetically pleasing option for patients with missing teeth.