Dental prosthetics is a rapidly expanding branch in dentistry. This is due to the fact that technological progress allows for a better recreation of original occlusal conditions in order to improve patient’s day-to-day functioning.
During the first visit, doctor tailors the most convenient—both expectation and financially-wise—method of restoring patient’s beautiful smile.
Bridges, crowns, inlays, veneers, prothesis, onlays—what are they and how are they different?
Fixed prosthetic replacements are cemented in patient’s oral cavity. When number or quality of remaining teeth does not amount for such solution, removable prosthetic replacements are mounted.
Prosthetic bridges are mounted in dental arch’s gaps, on polished pillar teeth or implants. A typical prosthetic bridge is composed of prosthetic crowns. Crowns, contrary to bridges, can be applied to a single tooth. When a tooth is lost but its root remains, the dentist may use—prior to mounting a crown—a crown-root inlay which supports the polished teeth. If you want to avoid pillar tooth polishing, a prothesis might be a better choice. It is also cheaper and convenient as prosthesis can be put on or taken out depending on one’s need or desire.
Veneers are used when patient dislikes the shape or colour of their teeth. Their implementation is tantamount to that of prosthetic bridges: pillar teeth need to be minimally polished prior to mounting veneers. In case of cavities, special filling (inlay or onlay) is used, designed by a dental technician or with the use of digital equipment. Inlays and onlays differ only in size.