Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics are a way of replacing missing or broken teeth. They improve the appearance of your smile and make it easier to eat a healthy diet.

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Before deciding on the appropriate dental prosthesis for you, your dentist will examine your oral denticulation. They will also check if your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant.

Clasp Prosthesis

Clasp prosthesis is the most widely used removable type of oral prosthetics. It is a time-tested orthopedic design with high reliability and good functional stability during mastication and enunciation. It has a clamping attachment that evenly distributes the chewing load. It is also comfortable to wear and is not visible in the mouth. However, it is important to note that clasp dentures are more prone to breakage due to natural wear and tear (bruxism), improper treatment or simply ageing.

Depending on the tolerances of the patient, frame and fasteners can be made from a variety of materials: metal alloys (gold-platinum or cobalt-nickel-chromium) or more modern thermoplastic polymers. The latter have several advantages: they are stronger than metal and much more elastic, which increases comfort and prevents irritating sensations.

In addition, the use of plastic allows the production of teeth that are indistinguishable from the natural ones. This is particularly advantageous in the case of a full denture, where the soft material fits perfectly to the gums, does not rub or pinch and does not cause any discomfort. The main drawback of the clasp prosthesis is its relatively high cost compared to conventional plate protheses, but it is worth noting that with proper care and regular visits to the dentist, it can last 2-3 times longer than a standard denture.

Full Plate Prosthesis

If you have lost all your teeth, a complete dental prosthesis is an excellent solution to restore the shape and function of your smile. These appliances are composed of a nylon, plastic or metal base and a set of removable teeth attached to it. They are held in place by suction and require a special denture-fixing ointment to keep them in good condition.

A partial prosthesis is another option to restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth. This appliance is often used to replace missing teeth, especially in areas that are not easily accessible with an implant. It is also a great way to maintain the health of your gums, jawbone and muscles, as it helps prevent the changes in your facial structure that result from tooth loss.

The use of partial dentures is also a viable treatment for patients with poor oral hygiene, particularly those involved in traumatic occupations (like police, firefighters or extreme sports). The flexible material is incredibly strong and resists deformation. The use of this type of denture is highly recommended by Denver Prosthodontist Dr. Aldo Leopardi.

The new dental materials that have been developed in recent years for obtaining these types of implant-supported restorations offer revered biomechanical properties, and digital manufacturing technologies allow a precise control of the process of fabrication (esthetics, mechanical characteristics). This improvement is especially relevant due to the fact that the use of PEEK, a high-performance polymer with superior biological and mechanical properties, would provide an adequate intermediate prosthesis until the final restorations are available.

Partial Prosthesis

This prosthesis replaces at least one and up to 13 teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It consists of an acrylic base and natural-looking artificial replacement teeth, which are held in place by hooks to the remaining healthy dental enamel. It is often recommended as a transitional solution before a more permanent restoration.

Removable partial dentures lose their stability over time, sway and move, and tend to get in the way when eating. In addition, food particles can become trapped underneath the partial and cause cavities when strict hygiene is not practiced.

Unlike full plates and bridges, which require the support of healthy adjacent teeth, the acrylic partial rests on the gum and is held in place by hooks to the remaining natural teeth. It is not as stable as a full plate prosthesis, but it provides good chewing function and prevents the formation of additional gaps in the mouth.

Partial hand and thumb prosthetics allow individuals to hold spare change, grasp irregularly shaped objects, stabilize papers, and so much more. Our custom devices are designed within millimeters of an individual’s unique amputation and hand structure. From simple opposition designs to positionable fingers, there is a prosthetic for almost every level of hand loss. Our Point Partial finger prosthesis, for example, is a heavy-duty device that uses a passive articulating design and ratcheting mechanism to lock into 7 unique levels of flexion.

Implants

Implants are made of titanium and placed in the jaw bone to replace the root of missing teeth. An abutment, made of ceramic or metal, screws into the implants to connect them to the prosthesis. A temporary (interim) prosthesis, which is usually a denture, is attached to the abutments with screw holes covered with tooth-colored composite resin.

There are many different materials that can be used to obtain dental prosthetics, and they differ in terms of strength, aesthetics, cost, and other factors. A number of these materials have been designated for use as long-term interim prosthetics for obtaining fixed implant-supported protheses, but their esthetic performance and interaction with the oral environment still need to be improved.

Recent scientific studies have emphasized the positive aspects of zirconia-based implant-supported prostheses (ceramic-veneered and monolithic): they provide excellent esthetics, mechanical behavior, good biocompatibility and resistance to corrosion. Moreover, these prosthetics can be produced using modern additive manufacturing techniques like milling and 3D printing. However, more research is required on the clinical performance of these materials in order to confirm their clinical benefits. Dental implants are one of the most effective technologies available today for restoring full-arch dentitions, which can improve your appearance, speech and chewing abilities as well as the over-all condition of your mouth. However, this treatment is not appropriate for everyone and your overall health and medical history will be assessed prior to deciding whether or not you are suitable for it.