A beautiful smile can liven up your face like no makeup can and also boost your confidence. A major component of cosmetic dentistry is replacing broken or missing teeth. These replacements replace the functionality as well as the aesthetics of any set of teeth. Three structures are commonly used to replace teeth, namely full or partial dentures, bridges or crowns and implants.
Dentures can be partial or complete dentures or full ones. Partial dentures are used when there are one or more remaining teeth. The teeth are placed on a plastic base which has similar appearance to the gums. The plastic structure will fit snugly into the gums where teeth are missing. Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw. This is similar in structure to the partial denture. Complete dentures can further be categorised to conventional and immediate.
Conventional dentures can be worn after the gums of extracted teeth have healed. They can be used for a long time. These can be removed and put on as often as required, but regular removal will make it loose overtime.
Immediate dentures are worn soon after teeth are removed. This is usually a temporary solution, because gums tend to shrink as they heal and several adjustments will be required during while it is worn.
Bridges, crowns and caps
Bridges and crowns are used to cover gaps between teeth. When missing teeth create gaps in gums the existing teeth tend to rotate and shift and after some time the set of teeth will be misaligned. To prevent this situation a bridge can be put in place. Usually before a permanent bridge is fixed the size of the existing teeth are reduced to ensure a better fit of the bridge. This does not do any permanent damage to the good teeth. After an impression is made, a porcelain or ceramic bridge that matches the colour of your teeth is made accordingly and cemented into place.
Caps are used to correct partially broken teeth where a cap is attached to the remainder of the tooth. These must not be mistaken for veneers Dubai which are used to fix misaligned teeth and also to give it a better appearance.
Dental implants in Dubai are used as the basis where the crowns or bridges are fixed. An inert material such as titanium is used to design a structure similar to that of a root and it is allowed to fuse to the jawbone through a process known as Osseo integration. Prosthetics can then be fixed to this implant.
Once any of these prosthetics are in place the only way to increase their life time is to practice good oral hygiene. Usually crowns and bridges are expected to last for at least a good 10 years, but bad oral hygiene might significantly reduce their lifetime.