Fixed Prosthodontics

Fixed prosthodontics is about restoring teeth using restorations that are fixed into the patient’s mouth. They are typically made in a laboratory after taking moulds for the technician to work with.

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Benefits

  • Fixed prosthodontics can be used to restore and repair single or multiple teeth, and can be used to restore relatively small spaces between the teeth.
  • They are relatively stronger  compared to fillings.
  • Often the fixed prosthodontics can be made to look better.
  • It is difficult to say how long fixed prosthodontics should last. If they are planned, executed and maintained correctly, they could last anywhere up to 10-12 years, and perhaps longer.

Types

– Crown

Sometimes called caps, crowns completely cover a tooth, restoring a normal shape and appearance. You may need a crown to:

  • Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Restore a broken or worn tooth
  • Cover a tooth with a large filling
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure

– Bridge

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination. The success of your bridge depends upon its foundation. So, remember that oral hygiene to keep remaining teeth healthy is particularly important if you have a bridge.

– Inlay

Another choice for a crown is the inlay. It is possible to provide an inlay if a relatively small amount of tooth tissue is missing within the confines of the tooth cusps.

– Onlay

Similar to an inlay. They are particularly useful if the tooth needs to be strengthened or reinforced. They can also be used to make the tooth longer/higher, which is useful if a worn dentition is being built back up again.

– Veneer

Veneers are a relatively thin piece of ceramic or resin that is glued onto the surface of the tooth/teeth. They can be used to restore damaged teeth, rotated teeth, or for aesthetic purposes.