Which Dental Prosthesis Device Can Restore Chewing Ability?

Are you unable to chew your food enough? Why spend too much time getting rid of food stuck between teeth? Removing stuck food can be annoying. Also, you might end up with digestive problems. So why suffer when you can restore chewing ability with dental prostheses options?

TruCare is considered the most reputed dentistry for implants, bridges, crowns, veneers, and dental bridges Roswell GA. These dental devices cover tooth defects, portions, or an entire missing tooth. 

Here’s a detailed look at five popular removable and non-removable prostheses.

1. Veneers  

Veneers are non-removable prosthetics. These thin shell-like pieces cover chipped and discolored teeth to make them aesthetically pleasing. 

Made from ceramic or porcelain, they help enhance the shape and size of your teeth. 

The procedure involved in placing them is simple. First, your dentist will trim or remove small portions of teeth surfaces to ensure all of them appear the same in size and shape. Then, a unique adhesive is applied on teeth surfaces before placing and pressing veneers on them. 

Veneers can be fitted on your teeth in a single sitting. Overall, these shells improve the strength and durability of your teeth. 

Does your dentist suggest veneers as an alternative to pricey treatments? Yes, your dental care expert is correct indeed. If you maintain proper oral hygiene, don’t open wrappers or bite fingernails with teeth, veneers can last for ten-plus years. 

2. Dentures

Dentures happen to be one of the most recommended forms of removable prosthesis. 

Dentists recommend complete or partial dentures depending on the number of natural teeth left in the patient’s mouth. The treatment phases depend on the number of teeth extracted and the healing period. 

Dentures are custom-made as per digital impressions of your dental structure and mouth. Your dental clinic receives them from the lab within three days post uploading measurements. 

If you don’t want implants-based dentures, your dentist will seal them to your gums with dental glue. However, dentists recommend implant or bridge-based dentures as they are removable for cleaning. 

Dentures are made from porcelain or acrylic resin materials. They may last for seven to ten years. 

3. Dental implants

Implants top the list for fixed prostheses. 

A dental implant or artificial tooth consists of a titanium screw and a dental crown fitted above the same. 

The first step is extracting your infected natural teeth. But remember, gums need three to six months to heal completely. 

Your dental surgeon places an artificial root (titanium screw) in the jawbone after extraction site healing. The implant integrates (osseointegration) with the bone within three to six months. Post integration, a crown is fitted on the screw. And that’s it; the patient’s ability to chew is restored.  

As you must have noticed, the treatment is lengthy and completed in stages. But, the wait is indeed worth it. The artificial tooth also restores the jawbone support lost after natural tooth extraction.

4. Dental crown

Crown is a dental fixture placed on a restored natural tooth or an implant. 

Dentists use crowns to cover the operated tooth after the root canal procedure. A crown also helps cover teeth damaged due to decay or trauma. 

Most professionals create crowns at their offices using CAD/CAM technology. First, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth to create a custom crown. Then, depending on the color of your natural teeth, your dentist chooses between zirconia, metal, ceramic, or porcelain material for the cover. 

If your dentist prefers using lab-made permanent crowns, they will place a temporary one on the tooth. Then, schedule the next appointment after receiving the permanent fixture from the laboratory. 

A decayed tooth might require a root canal before placing the crown. Therefore, the treatment duration depends on the condition of the teeth to be treated. 

Oral hygiene remains crucial after placing the crown. Else, it can develop cracks, allowing the bacteria to enter the inner layer and infect the tooth. But, if you take proper follow-up care, the dental crown can last for 15 years or longer. 

5. Dental bridges

A dental bridge can fit in the gap between teeth and help restore your smile. It’s the best option for individuals who, for some reason, do not wish to opt for implants. 

It’s a single custom-made prosthetic that blends with surrounding teeth. So you won’t have to think about nearby teeth shifting their position into the space created post tooth extraction. 

Implant-supported bridge, Cantilever bridge, resin-bonded bridge, and traditional fixed bridge are some variants. 

Removing certain portions of nearby teeth becomes crucial to fit a dental bridge. No worries, experts administer local anesthetic while preparing the nearby teeth. 

Precise digital impressions of your teeth are uploaded in the software. Your dental surgeon will schedule an appointment post receiving the bridge from the manufacturing lab. 

In most cases, a dental bridge is cemented in place. However, the metal framework might require slight adjustments after a few days. Therefore, you may have to visit the clinic on scheduled appointments for adjustments. 

Yes, your bite remains even and firm. You can eat like before. Bridges perfectly blend with natural teeth and are incredibly durable. You can brush your teeth as always. 

A dental bridge can resolve chewing issues, bite problems, and pain triggered due to pressure on specific teeth or areas of the jaw. 

Which materials are dental prostheses made from? 

Your dentist will choose from composite resin, porcelain, acrylic, titanium, and zirconia alternatives. Your dental care professional will prefer the option that blends perfectly with your natural teeth. 

Do natural teeth get damaged while fitting prostheses?

A dental implant completely replaces the infected natural tooth and root. So do dentures. But in the case of veneers, bridges, and dental crowns, your dentist might remove certain portions of natural teeth to prepare them for fitting prostheses. They ensure your teeth do not get damaged in the process. 

Are these procedures painful and invasive? 

Procedures involved in placing veneers, dentures, crowns, and bridges are not invasive. Now, you undoubtedly wish to know about implants. Setting artificial teeth is less invasive compared to the tooth extraction process. However, there is no need to worry at all. Dentists prescribe infection medications and administer anesthetics to ensure there is no discomfort involved in any of the procedures. 

All in all 

Unsure about choosing the best option for restoring your chewing power and a great smile? Get in touch with TruCare Dentistry Roswell. We will evaluate your dental health and suggest the best dental prosthesis option.