What is prosthodontics?
The use of prostheses thus allows the masticatory (chewing) and aesthetic functions to be restored, giving patients their health and self-esteem back.
Having dental prostheses is increasingly common. When examining your case in detail, our medical team will advise on the best solution if you need dental prostheses.
Complete fixed prosthesis, also known as full-arch prosthesis, replaces all teeth by surgically placing four or more implants to hold and fix the prosthesis in place. Usually the first prosthesis, which is made entirely of acrylic, is a temporary, mid-term prosthesis with the function of restoring aesthetic and chewing functions during the healing period. Subsequently, a new long-lasting prosthesis is created and placed.
When there is partial loss of one or more teeth, where there are still dental remnants, single or partial implant prostheses may be used, effectively replacing each missing tooth and restoring the patient's masticatory functions. Fixed partial dentures, known as bridges, are used in dentistry to replace missing teeth and create a bridge connecting adjacent (neighbouring) teeth to the space left by the missing tooth.
In addition to Dental Implants, prostheses over natural teeth, also called “crowns” or “caps”, are another option for those who need to resort to this type of solution. The “crown” is used to cover and protect a weaker tooth. Essentially, the "crown" is used to fill the missing one or more teeth by attaching two "crowns" to the adjacent natural teeth.
The goal is to provide the patient with greater comfort and to solve the problem of a “flaw” caused by tooth decay.
How is the prosthesis fixed?
The fixation methods are chosen by the dentist through the patient diagnosis, to provide each case with the best prosthetic solution.
Dentures are still used in cases of partial loss of one or more teeth where dental remnants still exist. Since the denture is not attached to the bone, it has some mobility, and there is a possibility of loosening, which may affect the patient's self-esteem.
In these cases the fixation is practically permanent, providing greater security for the patient. The prosthesis can only be removed by the dentist in specific cases and not for simple periodic maintenance.
Fixed prostheses are attached to the gum and can only be removed by the dentist, thus constituting the best solution to replace missing teeth.
Unlike removable prostheses, which must be taken out for cleaning and are movable, fixed implant prostheses are adjusted to your mouth to sit in harmony with the rest of the face.
Made of pure titanium, the feel and fit of dental implants are very similar to those of natural teeth, making it difficult at a glance to tell whether or not you have implants.
Did you know that 59.8% of Portuguese use upper and lower dentures?
How best to take care of your dental prostheses?
Both removable and fixed prostheses require regular care and maintenance. In the case of implant prostheses, as with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene should not be neglected and regular dental visits should be kept up.
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