Dental prosthesis

Prosthodontics is that branch of dentistry focused on restoration and maintenance of oral function through prosthetic devices. Dental prosthesis can be either tooth-supported or implant supported. They can also be fixed or removable.

Fixed tooth-supported prosthesis can be classified as the following:

  1. Partial ie, inlays, onlays and overlays
  2. Complete ie crowns (replace whole tooth) and bridges (substitute several teeth)

Similarly, fixed implant-supported prosthesis can be designed to replace one tooth (single)or several teeth (implant supported bridges, hybrids or overdentures).

Coronas dentales

Removable prostheses are another alternative. They can substitute segments of teeth or complete dental arches. In certain situations, two to four implants can be used to support a removable prosthesis called an overdenture.

Unitary

Implante unitario

Dental bridge

Puente sobre implantes

Complete

Implantes completos

The lab technicians will manufacture the custom prostheses down to the exact specifications outlined by the dentist. Their skills are of great value.

Tipos de dentaduras postizas

Currently, the technology behind virtual planning CAD/CAM (Compupter-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) is rapidly developing. This technology has now allowed us to digitally register patient’s mouth as well as design and mill actual permanent crowns right at chair side, providing our patients with utmost convenience.

Frequently asked questions about prosthodontics

1. What is CAD/CAM dentistry?

As mentioned earlier, CAD/CAM is an acronym for Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing. It has completely revolutionized today’s dentistry. No longer do we use alginate impression as we now digitally register a patient’s mouth and can design the restoration on the computer in our clinic. Once finalized on the computer, we can mill the restoration on site in a couple of hours. It is certainly a game-changer!

 

2. Should I expect an adaptation period to my new prosthesis?

With every prosthetic device, there will always be an adjustment period, whereby we need to make some minor revisions to the new prosthesis. On occasions, small ulcers may appear due to pressure sores caused them. We will adjust them to your mouth and help you through this process until you are absolutely comfortable wearing your new prosthesis.

 

3. Can implant-supported prosthesis become loose?

Some implant-supported prosthesis can become loose from trauma or excessive use over time. Patients notice their bridge is slightly moving. Do not worry! Come visit us and will tighten them down and make sure they are functioning properly.