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Prosthetic dentistry

Inevitably, there are occasions when teeth are lost, either through trauma or decay and the only solution would appear to be a denture.  Dentures may be secured by implants.

 

Options for replacement where one, or several teeth are missing.

Our dental hygienists are on hand to clean your teeth professionally at the regular intervals which the dentist suggests.  They give oral hygiene instruction to help you improve your oral health and remove the plaque and calculus [tartar] which builds up over a period of time.

 

Those patients who have missing teeth are encouraged to have them replaced for three reasons:

a] enhancement of appearance

b] restoration of function and

c] prevention of further deterioration of the dentition.

 

The whole team here at Cambridge Dental Group is dedicated to the task of oral rehabilitation and this is achieved in one of, or a combination of, several ways.  In each and every case, replacement teeth may reflect your existing dentition, or indeed provide the dentition which you have always wanted.  Our dental surgeons will advise on the clinical and aesthetic suitability of each of the following options, helping you to make an informed choice.

Removable appliance

A partial denture is fitted with a single replacement tooth or two or more replacement teeth.  It is a removable appliance which follows the contours of the upper or lower jaw.  It is made of acrylic, or acrylic and metal [cobalt-chrome] combined.  Partial metal dentures enjoy the advantage of being stronger and lighter to wear; the metal base being effectively hidden from view.  Clasps may be required in either case in order to secure the denture; these may be tooth coloured where otherwise they would be visible.  Replacement teeth are fashioned usually from acrylic, but sometimes from porcelain and are shaped, shaded, shaded and sized specifically to suit you.  A partial denture is laboratory-made and several visits to your dentist are necessary to ensure the optimum result.

 

Care of your partial denture:

We suggested cleaning twice daily with non-perfumed toilet soap and a small medium brush.  This is sufficient to remove debris and obviates the need for soaking and scrubbing.  Any staining or calculus can be removed by the dental hygienist.  Ideally, your denture should stand in water overnight.

Implants

Where the bone support is sufficient, titanium dental implants can be used to replace the lost roots of the teeth.  Dental implants are anchored in bone and used to support either dentures, or crowns, or bridges.  Implant placement involves minor oral surgery, under local anaesthesia, in the dental chair.  Where bone support is deficient, it is sometimes possible to augment the lost bone and then place implants. 

Crown

A crown is a non-removable prosthesis, made of pure ceramic, porcelain bonded to precious metal, or precious metal alone.  It is secured by adhesion to a prepared existing tooth, or by adhesion to a metal post, or it is retained by an implant.  The replacement tooth is carefully matched to the existing dentition.

A fixed bridge

A bridge is a non-removable prosthesis.  It comprises a conjoined row of replacement teeth, secured by adhesion to existing teeth which have been prepared by the dental surgeon for the purpose, or it is retained by implants.  The replacement teeth are usually made of porcelain, matched to the existing teeth and bonded to precious metal.  A bridge is laboratory made and the required result is usually achieved by two visits to your dentist.

 

Care of your bridge:

One of our hygienists will instruct you in the most efficient method of cleaning your bridge, using a special type of floss.  We advise that you continue to visit her at regular intervals.