DEPARTMENT OF PROSTHODONTICS
We offer the following Prosthodontic services:
Replacement of missing teeth
- Dental Implants
- Fixed Bridges
- Partial and Complete Dentures
- Porcelain Laminates (Veneers)
REPLACEMENT OF MISSING TEETH
Replacement of missing teeth can be accomplished by three different treatment modes:
1. Implant dentistry
2. Fixed Bridges
3. Partial and Complete Dentures
The best treatment depends on the number, location and condition of the remaining teeth. Other important factors are level of patient commitment, time commitment and cost. Your doctor will discuss all of these aspects with you to help you arrive at the replacement option that is best for you. All three of these options can restore function and stabilize the bite in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Dental Implants serve as the foundation for many types of tooth replacement. Implants can replace one tooth or several missing teeth with crowns or bridges that are fixed in place. For replacement of many teeth or all of the teeth, implants can support very secure removable dentures or fixed bridges if the condition in the mouth are favorable.
Fixed Bridges are natural looking tooth replacements which fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth, reduce stress on the jaws and help maintain lip and cheek support. These bridges are cemented on the existing teeth and are not removable by the patient.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable Partial Dentures replace the missing teeth by utilizing the remaining teeth for support and grip. Removable Partial Dentures are a functional, aesthetic and cost effective means of tooth replacement. They can be removed for brushing and cleaning.
Complete Dentures replace teeth when all upper and/or lower teeth are missing. They restore the function of eating, restore proper facial aesthetics and help people talk properly. Dental implants are sometimes used for better stabilization of these removable Complete Dentures
Crowns are used to protect root canal treated teeth and to restore the shape, size or color of stained, irregular or other wise abnormal teeth.
Porcelain Laminates (Veneers)
Porcelain Veneers or laminates, are very thin, tooth colored shells that are custom-made and bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to close gaps, cover stains and discolorations, and correct chipped or irregular teeth to give you a brighter, even attractive smile.