Types of Dental Prosthetics

Dental prosthetics restore healthy teeth that facilitate chewing, speaking and give your smile a natural aesthetic. They also prevent the jawbone from shrinking and maintain your facial shape.


This kind of fixed prosthesis consists of a titanium fixture inserted into the alveolar bone and artificial teeth that are attached to it. These teeth resemble your natural teeth and can be made of ceramic, acrylic resin or zirconia.

Dental Implants

Dental prostheses are used to restore damaged, unaesthetic, or dysfunctional teeth and to replace missing natural teeth. They also help protect vulnerable teeth from further damage. Some common types of dental prostheses include veneers, dental bridges, and complete dentures. Dental prosthetics can be made of porcelain, ceramics, or titanium. They are often designed to look like your natural teeth and feel comfortable when you eat and speak.

The best type of dental implant for you depends on your unique needs and preferences. Before you choose a specific prosthetic, your dentist will give you a comprehensive examination and create a treatment plan. Your dentist will also discuss your financial situation and health history with you. The examination will include dental x-rays and 3D images, which can be analyzed to determine the shape and position of your jaw bones. The plan may also include models of your mouth and jaw.

The most common dental implants are made of titanium oxide, which fuses naturally with the bone. This process is called osseointegration. In 1952, orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fused with bone and switched his research focus from the knee to the mouth. This revolutionary discovery helped bring about the development of the modern dental implant. It is now the standard for replacing missing teeth. It has been shown to reduce the sunken appearance of the face and improve your ability to eat, speak, and smile without concern.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of tooth-colored material that cover the front surface of teeth to change their appearance. They can be made from porcelain or resin composite and can be shaped and colored to match your existing teeth and smile. Veneers are bonded to the tooth using a unique cement. They can fix a range of cosmetically unappealing issues, including crooked teeth, chips, gaps, misalignment and discoloration.

For most patients, veneers require at least one initial appointment to examine their needs and discuss options. Then, the dentist will reshape the tooth’s surface by trimming away a small portion of enamel (the thin covering on the surface of the tooth). They may also recommend dental sedation for particularly nervous or anxious patients, which can help them relax during treatment.

Once the patient’s tooth is ready to accept a veneer, they will visit again to bond it in place. During this procedure, the dentist will remove excess cement and double-check the fit. They will also look at the teeth from every angle and make sure they don’t interfere with the bite or cause any issues with speaking and eating. The dentist will also evaluate the colour of the veneer to ensure it matches and blends in with the surrounding natural teeth. They might even take X-rays and impressions to assess the condition of the teeth, jaw and mouth.

Partial Prostheses

A removable partial denture fills in the gaps left by missing teeth and prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting position. It can help restore chewing function and smile aesthetics. It also keeps the other natural teeth from extra pressure that might otherwise damage them over time.

Like full dentures, they can be designed as either mucosa-borne where the occlusal rests transmit the load through the soft tissue or tooth and mucosa-borne where a mixture of both types of support is used. In either case, the denture should be designed with hygiene in mind trying where possible to minimise the amount of soft tissues covered.

The most common type of removable partial denture is a cast metal framework with high-quality replacement teeth attached to it. This type of partial denture can be secured more firmly and last longer than other types of partials, including those that use clasps to attach to the remaining natural teeth. However, there are other types of removable partial dentures that use a resin base into which artificial teeth are inserted. These are called flippers and they are typically only indicated for short-term tooth replacement immediately after an extraction so that a patient is never without teeth and until a more permanent tooth replacement solution can be completed.

Total Plates

A denture designed to fit over the alveolar ridge. It replaces natural teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, gum disease or trauma. It can be complete or partial. This is an older form of dental prosthetics that must be replaced every three or four years.

The titanium metal implant that replaces the natural tooth root. A dental implant is screwed into the bone where it is affixed to an abutment, a part that connects the restoration to the implant. An implant-retained denture is a type of full or partial denture that is held securely by implants in the jawbone and can be removed only by a dentist.

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The process of living bone fusing to the surface of the titanium dental implant to form an artificial tooth root. It is a critical aspect of the success of these permanent orthopedic dental implants and was named by Dr. Branemark who pioneered the procedure.