Prosthetic Dentistry encompasses the replacement of missing teeth. These replacement teeth can be fixed (i.e. permanently cemented to remaining natural teeth) or removable (i.e. can be taken from the mouth). Fixed replacement teeth offer a more natural feel.
Prosthetic Dentistry Procedures include:
Fixed Partial Denture (Bridges) – can replace one or many missing teeth; this type of appliance requires a minimum of one solid anchor tooth on each side of the missing tooth space. The number of anchor teeth included depends on the length of the missing teeth space.
Removable Partial Denture - can replace one or many missing teeth; this type of appliance can be made entirely of acrylic or it can have a metal framework under the acrylic.
Complete Denture - replaces all teeth in the upper or lower arch; this appliance is usually made entirely of acrylic.
Implant Supported Partial or Complete Denture - can replace several or all of the missing teeth; by using implants for support, these appliances are much more stable.
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