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Learn about different methods for replacing missing, damaged teeth

Nowadays there are several different types of dental dentures such as dental crowns, dental bridges and different types of dental implants. Dental dentures are needed when the patient loses one or more teeth. The different types of dental dentures function as solutions to the loss of teeth which can occur due to a wide range of reasons.
Some of these causes are:

  • dental caries,
  • negligence of oral hygiene and health,
  • everyday accidents.

Which are the different types of dental dentures?

Dental inlay

Dental inlay

With a dental inlay, a type of dental filling, damaged parts of a tooth are filled. Dental inlays are special and different from other types of dental fillings in that they are manufactured for a certain tooth and are exactly adjusted to it.


Dental crown

A dental crown is applied if a tooth is so damaged due to dental caries that it has to be completely replaced. In this case the application of a dental filling would not serve as a sufficient solution. Dental crowns are also applied if a tooth is lost and a dental implant has already been applied.
Even dental crowns come in several types depending on the material in usage, such a ceramics or high-grade gold. The most frequent types of dental crowns are as follows:

  • porcelain-fused-to-metal,
  • all-ceramic crowns,
  • metal-crowns,
  • galvanic gold crowns.

Dental bridge

Dental bridges are a kind of dental dentures which bridge a tooth gap replacing a missing tooth between two healthy teeth. Dental bridgeThe two healthy teeth function as bridge pillars and the dental bridge spans over the missing tooth. There are different types of dental bridges and bridge structures depending on the number of teeth missing and the size of the gap to be bridged. Dental bridges too can be made of different materials.
The dental bridges are attached to the two teeth on either side of the gap with a dental crown or even a dental crown substitute.

Dental denturedental dentures

The basic difference is between removable and non-removable dental dentures. Then again we must differentiate between partial dentures and total dentures. Partial dentures provide a closure over a missing tooth, whereas total dentures replace an entire row of teeth. Whether a partial or a total denture is needed depends upon whether the patient has any remaining teeth to which the dental bridge can be attached. In all this cases dental implants fulfill the function of natural teeth as dental bridge piles.

Dental implants

With the loss of several teeth it is advised to replace the already lost and the still remaining, but damaged teeth with dental implants.
Dental implants are screw-shaped and are made of titanium, since this material is the most compatible with the human body.
The application of dental implants occurs in the framework of a dental implant surgery which can be carried out either with local anaesthesia or with general anaesthetics, according to the patient’s needs.
After the application of dental implants the next step is the healing phase where the patient receives a temporary dental denture. After the healing phase is completed, a permanent dental denture is prepared for the patient.
This dental implant process is known as the ‘conventional’ or ‘two-phased’ implantation procedure.

Immediate loading of dental implants

immediate loading of dental implants The difference between conventional dental implant procedure and immediate loadable dental implants is that the immediate loadable ones can be loaded with dental dentures right after the application of the dental implants. In this case the dental implant procedure occurs in one treatment so there is no healing phase between the two treatments.

What to expect after the implant surgery?

Dental dentures provide a stable and safe feeling when chewing and biting. Furthermore, the application of dental dentures stops the decrease of the amount of jaw bone, thus halting periodontitis.
Generally, dental dentures are considered foreign objects one needs to get used to after their application. Therefore after the application of the dental denture itis normal to experience a sort of tension in the mouth or an altered chewing feeling. These feelings of discomfort are usually harmless and disappear after a couple of days.

Often these problems with the familiarization process can be accompanied by pain, since the experience of pain is individual in each patient.
Furthermore, an initial temperature sensitivity of the teeth can occur. However, this feeling is harmless as well.

What advantages and disadvantages do dental dentures have?

What advantages and disadvantages do dental dentures have?

Advantages and disadvantages of dental inlays

One of the definite advantages of dental inlays is that they can be applied without surgery. However, even if a patient’s dental problem could be solved with a dental inlay, it is still a signal that they need to pay more attention to their oral hygiene and health, so that the condition of other teeth doesn’t worsen.

Advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns

When it comes to dental crowns, it is important to know, that the advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns depend on the type of the dental crown.
For example, all-ceramics crowns are at the same time expensive, long lasting, aesthetic and stable, while with metal crowns possible black discolorations in the gum area can occur after 5-10 years.

Advantages and disadvantages of dental dentures

Their disadvantage is that regardless of the type of the dental denture, they aren’t really comfortable. On the other hand removable dental dentures are cheaper  than fixed tooth replacement options.

Advantages and disadvantages of dental implants

The advantages of dental implants are that not only the teeth but the teeth roots are replaced as well, therefore there is no need for other teeth to be ground. Furthermore dental implants are very long lasting. The disadvantages of dental implants are that their preparation and application require more time, effort and they generally mean greater costs.

Advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges

One of the disadvantages when it comes to dental bridges, is that if the patient has lost a lot of teeth, dental implants need to be inserted first so that a dental bridge can be inserted. The applied dental implants are then part of the dental bridge and fulfill the function of natural teeth as dental bridge pillars. However, the application of dental bridges requires much less effort of the patient.

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June 14, 2017