Fixed dentures are prostheses used to rehabilitate patients with missing teeth or excessive maxillary bone loss.
Even in cases where patients do not miss any of their teeth, a single damaged tooth can be treated (due to tooth decay or traumatic dental injuries or for aesthetic purposes) using a crown without causing harm to the health of neighbouring teeth.
WHAT IS FIXED PARTIAL DENTURE (LAMINATES)?
Laminate veneers, also known as porcelain leaves, are porcelain plates with the same thickness as fake nails covering the front teeth, making them appear whiter, and fixing the common dental problems.
MATERIALS USED TO FABRICATE FIXED DENTURES
A wide variety of materials are used in fixed dentures in accordance with the patient’s functional and aesthetic needs.
- Metal-supported porcelain crowns;
with a metal infrastructure designed to support the porcelain, these crowns reflect the natural shade and appearance of the tooth.
- Zirconia-supported porcelain crowns;
these zirconium oxide-based crowns are very close to the natural tooth colour and help achieve more aesthetic final results.
- Full contour zirconia crowns;
with the latest advancements in technology, these crowns allow the duplication and colouring of the planned shape and contour of the zirconia.
- Full porcelain crowns;
all ceramic or full porcelain crowns are fabricated entirely from porcelain without a metal frame and currently it is the best aesthetic material available.
- Full metal crowns;
they are used in cases of excessive tissue loss and where there is not enough room in patient’s mouth to accommodate other options.
WHAT IS A DENTAL BRIDGE?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis used to replace one or more missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth or dental implants in order to improve aesthetics, dental health and oral function.