Prosthodontics, restoring or replacing damaged teeth
What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry that enables the physiological functions of the mouth to be regained: eating, speaking, pronouncing, chewing, swallowing, sucking, breathing, kissing and smiling.
This treatment is applicable when the patient has suffered to loss of one or more teeth.
It consists of designing and making dental prosthetics as well as the curative treatment of the tooth or teeth that have been damaged for any reason. The design for the treatment starts at the moment in which the tissues have recovered.
At present, it has become the best alternative for replacing a lost tooth, whether fully or partially.
What kinds of prosthodontic treatments are available?
There are a number of types and materials, including veneers, crowns, bridges, porcelain teeth and zirconium prosthetics, each of which can be adapted to suit the patient’s needs.
Veneers are a kind of porcelain or composite coating that are stuck to the outer layer of the tooth to improve its appearance.
This is a kind of tooth-shaped cover that’s placed on the crown of the tooth that’s covered by dental cement to resemble a real tooth.
The main purpose of this treatment is to replace tooth crowns with an appearance similar to a real tooth.
These are zirconium crowns that eliminate the unsightly dark line between the tooth and the gum by doing away with the metal structure, as they’re 100% made with zirconium, a biocompatible material that gives the tooth a natural white, translucent colour.
These zirconium structures are produced using computer designed CAD-CAM technology. Once the structure has been made, the ceramic is applied, resulting in a much more attractive prosthetic.
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Come and see us, we offer free study and diagnosis with x-ray and/or scan to check your mouth and teeth’s health
Oral rehabilitation and bruxism
Bruxism is the involuntary habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. The patient isn’t usually aware that they’re clenching or grinding their teeth as they tend to do it when asleep. Signs of wear and tear can be seen on the teeth, which can split and break. The patient may have difficulty opening and closing their mouth, or even have a noisy or clicking jaw. The condition also overloads and damages the muscles used for chewing. It can cause tension in the head and neck area as well as headaches.
The main cause of bruxism is stress, so problems at work, personal and family problems can all make you clench your teeth more.
Mouth guards and mouth splints designed to fit each patient are used to protect teeth and prevent them from being worn down as well as to protect the jaw joint.
When the teeth have become severely worn down we rehabilitate them with caps, which return the teeth to their natural size and recover the structure lost from being worn down.
Prosthetics on implants
The implant is the “screw” that is placed in the bone. This is followed by fitting a crown on implants that may be cemented or screwed (depending on each case) and will have the function of imitating the tooth. These crowns can be zirconium (recommended for the anterior sector) or metal-ceramic (recommended for the posterior sector).
For the cases involving the complete dental arch, depending on the patient, a hybrid, metal ceramic or zirconium prosthesis may be used.
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