Why Live with Missing Teeth?
Teeth form an integral part of the oral cavity. If you lose your natural teeth due to gum disease, decay, trauma and or if they congenitally absent, there are a variety of options available which can replace the missing teeth and restore your smile.
Without the support of teeth, the facial muscles will sag making a person look older. Replacement of missing teeth by dentures hence is essential for improved function and aesthetics. Dentures are sets of removable artificial teeth set into acrylic or fiberglass frameworks that rest directly on the gums. There are two types of dentures
A. Complete Dentures:
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore, a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
B. Partial Dentures:
A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored acrylic base or which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the jaw.
Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.
Upper and lower complete dentures
Valplast is the latest innovations with removable partial dentures.
These are flexible dentures which adapt to the constant movement and flexibility in the mouth.
They are comfortable and have superior aesthetics.
The Valplast dentures are virtually invisible in the mouth as there are no metal clasps and the material appears to blend with the oral tissues.
The Valplast flexible denture is noninvasive.
A cast partial denture —
The framework of these dentures is cast to adapt the teeth.
The dentures rest on the teeth and hence improve the stability and the retention of the dentures.
They are made up of a strong alloy called cobalt chrome which has adequate strength in thin sections hence the thickness of the denture is lesser than that of a conventional denture.
Being a metal framework, it is highly polished and does not interfere with the tongue movements.
The metal framework also helps perceive the temperature of the food and drinks.
2. CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Crowns are a type of dental restoration that is placed on top of the teeth that have lost considerable portions of their structure and can’t be salvaged by routine restorations. They fully cover and protect the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why do teeth need dental crowns?
Restoring a tooth to its original shape.
Strengthening a tooth.
After a root canal treatment.
To improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Bridges are types of dental restorations, which are used to replace missing teeth. These restorations are fixed in place and depend upon adjacent teeth for support.
Different types of materials are used to fabricate crowns and bridges depending upon the extent of dental aesthetics, strength and of course the cost factor.
Types of crown and bridge material:
A. The metal crowns are made up of base metal alloys such as nickel chromium. They are strong crowns and last long. These crowns are strong and stand the test of time.
B. PFM or Porcelain Fused to Metal crowns:
Porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM) is a full cast crown that is constructed by fusing the porcelain to all or most of the metal surfaces. It can be matched to the color of the neighboring teeth but lacks the aesthetic translucency of the metal-free ceramic crowns. They are subject to wear and tear but look like a natural tooth and are durable.
C. Metal free or All ceramic crowns
In metal free ceramic crowns, the metallic look and the black lines disappear. They are not only highly aesthetic but also offer high strength restorations. All types of metal free crowns are available at our clinic.
D. IPS EMPRESS
A proven press able ceramic restoration, IPS Empress offers patients satisfaction with aesthetic, natural looking restorations, through the exclusive use of ceramic materials. It is intended to re-establish function, shape, contour, color (hue, value, and chroma) and light transmission replicating natural dentition. The Empress system yields excellent results for crowns and veneers.
Some of its features:
Unparalleled beauty and natural vitality
Superior reinforced strength and durability
Exceptional marginal integrity
Zirconia crowns are again full ceramic crowns and bridges without metal reinforcement. Zirconia (synthetic diamond) has an exceptional high rigidity that enables us to carry out large restorations. The aesthetic results are excellent and restore the appearance of the natural tooth.
Client Advantages at Dr. Rajeev Gadgil’s Clinic
Superior dental restorations are a matter of skill and experience. We aim to provide you with the best possible treatment modalities that modern technology must offer today.
We restore your teeth with crowns and bridges that offer an attractive smile, maximum tooth integrity and long-lasting protection against tooth decay. The ability to eat, speak, and smile properly and confidently is restored.