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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Types of Prosthodontic Appliances

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman smiling on couch after making dental appointment at Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaProsthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on restoring missing or damaged teeth to improve oral function, aesthetics, and overall quality of life. Prosthodontists have extensive training in designing and fitting various appliances to help you achieve a healthy, confident smile.

Non-Removable Dental Prosthesis Types

Fixed dental prostheses are attached to natural teeth or dental implants. These prostheses include:

Dental Bridge

This consists of two dental crowns connected by false teeth. Bridges can also be supported by implants for enhanced stability. It is ideal for replacing adjacent teeth lost to decay or injury.

Dental Crowns

The dental crown serves as a protective cap for severely damaged teeth. It is available in metal, ceramic, and porcelain. Crowns can be installed in a single day or over multiple sessions, providing flexibility based on individual preferences and needs.

Dental Implants

Screw-like structures are implanted into the jawbone to offer versatility. They can support single bridges, crowns, or entire dentures. Unlike traditional crowns, implant-supported crowns replace the whole tooth, and implant-retained dentures provide stability while allowing for daily removal for cleaning.

Removable Dental Prosthesis Types

Partial Prostheses

A partial prosthesis is a helpful option for those with some healthy teeth. Missing teeth can harm surrounding tissues, affecting your appearance. They are a less invasive way to keep your gums, jawbone, and face muscles active. This enables better movement of the remaining teeth.

Total Plate

A Total Plate is an option for those who have lost all their teeth. Comprising a base made of nylon, plastic, or metal and teeth attached to it, total plates rely on suction for stability. Although easily removable, they offer stability and are more cost-effective than fixed complete dentures.

Clasp Prosthesis

The Clasp Prosthesis is a practical and comfortable option with two sections connected by a thin metal arc. Adaptation usually takes a month, and they can be cared for with regular cleaning and flossing.

Maintaining regular oral care practices is crucial for the longevity and effectiveness of any prosthodontic appliance. Please schedule a consultation with our dentist to discuss the prosthodontic options available to you.

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