About the procedure
Dental prostheses are devices designed to replace one or several missing teeth due to different reasons, such as advanced decay, periodontal disease, trauma, or dental wear. These prostheses are used to restore chewing function, improve aesthetic appearance, and maintain the structure and alignment of natural teeth.
There are different types of dental prostheses that can be used according to the dental needs and conditions of each individual:
- Complete dentures: They are used when all teeth in one dental arch (upper or lower) are missing. Complete dentures are removable and designed to fit in the mouth and rest on the soft tissues and jawbone.
- Removable partial dentures: They are used when some teeth are missing, but natural teeth remain in the mouth. These prostheses are designed to fit and attach to the remaining natural teeth using hooks or clips, allowing them to be removable for easy cleaning and care.
- Fixed dental prostheses (dental bridges): They are used to replace one or several missing teeth. These prostheses are cemented or bonded to the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants, providing a fixed and permanent solution. Dental bridges are a popular option for those who want a more stable and aesthetic prosthesis.
- Implant-supported dental prostheses: These prostheses are used when several or all teeth are missing in one dental arch. They involve placing dental implants into the jawbone, and the dental prostheses are then placed on top of the implants. This type of prosthesis offers greater stability and function, providing a sensation more similar to natural teeth.
Dental prostheses can have numerous benefits for patients, including restoring the ability to eat and speak properly, improving facial aesthetics and smile, and preventing oral health problems related to tooth loss, such as adjacent teeth migration and bone loss.
It is essential to consult with a dentist or a dental prosthesis specialist to evaluate the individual dental situation and determine the best dental prosthesis option. The dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination, discuss the patient's needs and expectations, and create a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best functional and aesthetic results.
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Frequently asked questions
How do you determine the price of the smile design and dental treatments?
The price of smile design and dental treatments is determined on an individual basis since each patient has unique needs and requirements. During the pre-treatment study and clinical evaluation, the case will be analyzed, and a personalized treatment plan will be provided, allowing us to determine the price based on the procedures required.
The smile design treatments are painful?
Most smile design treatments are performed with local anesthesia, which minimizes any discomfort or pain during the procedure. After the treatment, you may experience some temporary sensitivity or mild discomfort, but it typically subsides quickly.
How long do the results of the smile design last?
The duration of the results can vary depending on the specific treatment and post-treatment care. For example, dental whitening can last for several months or years with good oral hygiene habits and avoiding foods and beverages that stain the teeth. On the other hand, dental veneers or crowns usually have a longer lifespan but may eventually require replacement due to normal wear and tear.
What are the additional benefits of a smile design beyond dental aesthetics?
In addition to improving the aesthetic appearance, a smile design can have functional and health benefits. Some of these benefits include improved dental alignment, better bite and occlusion, correction of malocclusion issues, prevention of excessive dental wear, and increased self-confidence and emotional well-being.