General Dentistry

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry involving the restoration or replacement of natural teeth with artificial substitutes.
These substitutes include fixed crowns and bridges, inlays – onlays, complete or partial dentures as well as implants.

Bridges

A bridge is a structure that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is permanently fixed on one or more teeth
or roots or implants and restores the shape of the dentition.

Why do we need them?

A bridge usually covers two teeth – the one in front the missing tooth and the one behind it. To build a bridge these two teeth need to be prepared by reducing the distance in between by a few milimeters as they will be used as supports for the placement of the bridge. A bridge is typically made out of a combination of metal and porcelain or entirely of porcelain or zirconium. Each material has different embodiments and advantages according to the needs of the patient. A bridge can replace the missing tooth with excellent cosmetic results.

A bridge usually covers two teeth – the one in front the missing tooth and the one behind it. To build a bridge these two teeth need to be prepared by reducing the distance in between by a few milimeters as they will be used as supports for the placement of the bridge. A bridge is typically made out of a combination of metal and porcelain or entirely of porcelain or zirconium. Each material has different embodiments and advantages according to the needs of the patient. A bridge can replace the missing tooth with excellent cosmetic results.

Installing dental bridges

During the first appointment a mild anaesthetic is applied to the area concerned in your mouth. Your dentist will clear the area surrounding the teeth on each side of the space, while decayed parts of the teeth will be removed. Once the teeth are prepared a piece of thread is placed around them and in between the gums.

The thread positioned is intended to gently push away the gums from the teeth so that the material of the stent penetrates beneath the already prepared teeth and produce a more precise impression. A temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth by the end of the first session.

During the second session, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be fitted. After being checked and adjusted for any discrepancies and if the results are satisfying, the new bridge will be cemented to your teeth.

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Treatment

The success and longevity of the bridge depends on how healthy the teeth and the tissues around them (i.e. the gums) are. Therefore, taking care of the bridge is very important. At first this new process might seem a little strange. However, it will soon become a part of your normal daily oral hygiene routine. To clean the bridge you should use dental floss, Superfloss or special brushes.

Superfloss differs from dental floss as it comes in pre-cut segments. The ends are stiff and thin and it features a fuzzy tufted segment that efficiently removes the plaque as you floss. By inserting its stiff ends under your bridge you floss with the fuzzy segment of the Superfloss in areas where dental floss is unable to reach.

Crowns

Crowns are created to fit and cover exactly the contours of the tooth.
They can be made either of metal and porcelain, of zirconium or entirely of porcelain.
Crowns can both protect the tooth and improve aesthetically its image.

When are they used?

  • Broken or crushed tooth
  • Tooth likely to crack
  • Damaged tooth
  • Denervated tooth
  • Aesthetic restoration

Results & benefits:

  • Crowns look and function just like normal teeth
  • Significant improvement of your smile
  • Protection of gums and teeth from further damage
  • Minimal or no pigment absorption

Inlays

Porcelain inlays are a conservative method of restoring a damaged tooth that otherwise would required a full coverage with the help of a crown.  Inlays are placed on the tooth when it can no longer be restored with a filling because of the great damage caused. To fully understand what a porcelain inlay is, you should think of it

as a filling, designed and prepared to perfectly fit your tooth with the use of digital technology, that will be cemented to the tooth by your dentist.  Inlays are indirect cosmetic restorations of a solid substance and durability. With CEREC only one session ir required for the construction of the inlays.

Used on:

  • Endodontically treated teeth
  • Back teeth with acute dental caries
  • Teeth with large metal fillings
  • Dental injuries

Results & Benefits:

  • Preservation of healthy teeth
  • No additional dental substance is removed
  • Conservative preparation
  • Great appearance
  • High resistance