CHOOSING BETWEEN FIXED OR REMOVABLE PROSTHESES

When, for various reasons, the teeth are no longer stable, or are missing entirely, these can be restored with the aid of fixed or removable prostheses, the quickest and most painless solution.

A fixed prosthesis involves replacing missing teeth with crowns or bridges directly cemented onto teeth or implants. The removable prosthesis (a denture) is an artificial replacement for your teeth. It is anchored to the toothless jaw in situations where there there is a total lack of teeth, or directly onto teeth, or implants, when only some teeth are missing.

Thanks to these artificial implants, we can restore the proper functionality of the mouth, filling any gaps in the teeth.

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Why it is important to replace a missing tooth


The loss of one or more teeth causes the neighbouring teeth to move over time. If this gap is not dealt with quickly enough, there may no longer be sufficient space to reposition the tooth, because the body tends to close the gap by moving the nearby teeth and its opposite number on the other jaw.

This changes the occlustion of the mouth, with serious consequences for the temporomandibular joint. This can also have repercussions on the spine.

 

FIXED PROSTHESES


The fixed prosthesis is anchored to the pillar elements with cementation and can not be removed from the patient. There are two types of fixed prosthesis:

  • ixed reconstruction prosthesis, which reconstructs the missing part of the tooth (such as crowns, inlays, die pins)
  • fixed replacement prosthesis, which completely replaces the missing tooth  (such as bridges or implants)

Fixed prosthesis mounted on implants inserted into the jawbone are defined as implants. Even porcelain veneers are considered fixed prostheses.


REMOVABLE PROSTHESES

Dentures are prostheses that can be easily removed by the patient. They are divided into:

  • complete dentures
  • partial dentures

If the patient is edentulate (i.e. without any teeth) a total prosthesis restores the masticatory functions to the patient by means of a device that the patient can remove and reinsert any time. It replaces all the teeth with an acrylic resin support and ceramic or resin teeth. The more natural the appearance of the denture, and the closer it fits with the patient's face, the better the aesthetic result. A partial prosthesis is usually anchored to the remaining teeth using hooks or attachments. When the partial prosthesis has a metallic support structure, it is known as a skeletal prosthesis.

TRUST US WITH YOUR SMILE

All prosthetic supports make use of innovative materials, ensuring functional and aesthetic treatment of the highest quality.

For more information about the production and the prices of mobile and fixed dentures, do not hesitate to get in touch with our staff at Studio Dentistico Foschi in Bologna: our dental laboratory and the specialisations of our dentists have been a synonym for quality for over 40 years!

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