Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics are artificial devices that replace missing or damaged teeth. They improve chewing function, restore natural appearance and prevent additional health problems (e.g. bone loss, modification of remaining teeth and temporomandibular disorders).

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Partial Prostheses

Partial prostheses are designed for patients that do not have enough teeth to warrant a full denture or implant. They rest on the patient’s remaining natural teeth with hooks that latch onto them and prevent the restoration from shifting or falling out. Removable partial dentures can improve chewing ability, preserve muscle tone in the jaw and gums that gets lost with missing teeth, and restore or improve one’s appearance and self-esteem.

They are a cheaper option for replacing missing teeth, but they can be difficult to insert/remove and may require good dental hygiene to prevent damage to the anchor teeth. They can also be prone to slippage and need to be regularly cleaned or repaired.

A removable partial prosthesis can be made from acrylic or from a one-piece cast of your mouth. They are less durable than skeletal partial prostheses and are often used as a transitional or temporary prosthesis while waiting for your gums to heal before you can wear a permanent prosthesis. Skeletal partial prostheses, however, are held in place with molded hooks that are less visible and do not require as much support from the palate or sublingual area of your teeth so they tend to be more comfortable and stable than acrylic prostheses.

Fixed Complete Dentures

If you are missing most or all of the teeth in your mouth, fixed complete dentures may be a good option for you. These are anchored to implants and help prevent the natural teeth that remain from shifting position. They also help with ensuring that food can be properly chewed and digested, improving your overall health.

The process of getting a fixed complete prosthesis begins with an initial consultation and taking X-rays of the jaw and mouth. These X-rays are used to determine the amount of bone loss that has occurred and how best to proceed with your treatment.

After the initial impressions are taken, your dentist will have you bite into upper and lower dental trays that contain a putty that is chemically activated to harden when you bite into it. The resulting impressions will provide the dentist with a detailed model of your bite that will be used to create a permanent fixed denture for you.

If you opt for an implant-supported fixed complete denture, your body’s natural healing response will begin to integrate the implant into your jawbone. This can take anywhere from three to six months. During this time, your doctor will make a temporary denture that will allow you to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of a full smile while the mouth heals. During this period, follow up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your comfort and to make any adjustments as needed.

Total Plates

A total plate prosthetic consists of several fake teeth. These teeth are anchored to the jawbone by dental implants. This allows the user to chew and speak normally, while maintaining a healthy mouth and face. Getting a full dental prosthetic can help prevent gum disease, bone loss, and facial changes due to missing teeth.

In order to determine the best type of dental prosthetic for your needs, Dr. Talar Guldalian will use advanced 3D scanners, x-rays and other images of your mouth to create a model of your bite. This will allow us to design your dental prosthetic using the correct size and shape for a comfortable fit.

After designing your dental prosthetic, we will send it to a trusted lab along with the dental impressions of your mouth. This lab will use these details to make a denture, veneer or other dental prosthetic that will perfectly fit your teeth.

Our partner labs are known for their high level of realism, and we work with them because they offer an unparalleled range of materials. This includes aesthetic porcelain placed on a metal substructure, reinforced porcelain for durability, and metal crowns for areas where appearance is not important. We will also consider your budget when selecting the appropriate material for your dental prosthetic. After the laboratory finishes your prosthetic, we will schedule an appointment to have it fitted and attached.

Clasp Prostheses

Dental prostheses improve the quality of life by keeping the chewing function normal and preventing problems with other teeth, the gums and jaw bones. In many cases, these artificial devices can prevent the modification of remaining teeth and even the development of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). However, their duration and effectiveness are largely dependent on a proper oral care and hygiene.

A clasp prosthesis is one of the most convenient, advanced and hygienic designs for removable partial dentures. It consists of a plastic base, artificial teeth and an interconnected metal arc having locks (similar to a bracket). Clasp prostheses distribute the load evenly between the remaining teeth and the mucous membrane. This significantly increases their durability and convenience compared to other orthopedic designs for removable prostheses and significantly reduces the load on supporting teeth.

The design is made at the dentist’s clinic by making an impression of the remaining teeth and using a bite. Then it is sent to the laboratory for manufacture. In this case, the choice of materials is extremely important – it should be biocompatible, cleanable and easy to repair. We use the latest double cross-linked acrylics and nanohybrid composites.

Once the design is ready, it is bonded to the existing natural teeth by using an ultraviolet light. If the prosthesis is well maintained, it can last for 10 years or more. However, a broken lock or a loose fixation can disrupt the chewing process and lead to unpleasant sensations. This is why it is important to schedule regular appointments for a prosthetic review and refurbishment.