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Prosthodontic Solutions for Complex Cases

Prosthodontics focuses on restoring and replacing teeth. It involves using prosthetic devices to replace missing or damaged teeth and improve the overall function and appearance of your mouth. For complex cases, fixed prosthodontics offers several solutions. These solutions are “fixed.” This means a patient can’t remove the device. If you have a complex dental problem, rest assured that there is a solution for you. 

Prosthodontic Solutions for Complex Cases

Crowns

We place crowns over damaged teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance. Common materials for dental crowns include metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. Crowns restore severely decayed or damaged teeth after root canal treatment to protect them, cover a dental implant, or improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.

The procedure involves preparing the tooth by removing a portion of the outer layer to make space for the crown, taking an impression of the tooth to create a custom crown, placing a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made, and finally fitting and cementing the permanent crown into place.

Bridges

Bridges replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring prosthetic teeth to the surrounding natural teeth. They help restore the ability to chew and speak properly and maintain the shape of your face. Bridges replace missing teeth, prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, and restore a natural-looking smile. The procedure involves preparing the teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) by removing a portion of the enamel, taking an impression to create a custom bridge, placing a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth, and fitting and cementing the permanent bridge into place.

Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges

A prosthodontist can surgically place dental implants into the jawbone to act as prosthetic roots for supporting crowns or bridges. Implant-supported prosthetics offer a stable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth. You may need implants when you have one or more missing teeth. You might also want a long-term solution or need a stable and secure prosthetic. The procedure involves surgically placing the implant post into the jawbone. Then, the bone must heal around the implant. We will place an abutment (connector) on the implant and attach a custom crown or bridge to the abutment.

With implant-supported restorations, patients can enjoy a much more stable fix to missing teeth. For example, the titanium root won’t move around like other devices. As a result, patients will benefit from extended durability and stability.

Inlays and Onlays

Our practice can create custom restorations to repair damaged or decayed teeth. While inlays fit within the grooves of a tooth, onlays cover one or more cusps (points) of a tooth. A patient needs these when a tooth is too damaged for a filling but not damaged enough for a crown and to restore teeth with moderate decay. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth, taking an impression to create a custom inlay or onlay, and bonding the inlay or onlay to the tooth with a strong adhesive.