What is a fixed denture?
By definition a fixed prosthesis is an artificial, non removable object which restores the form and function of the patient’s teeth which have been lost or seriously damaged. A fixed denture is anchored onto any remaining teeth (or parts of teeth reconstructed by the dentist) or onto dental implants. Therefore there are different kinds: Fixed prosthesis on natural teeth: any remaining teeth in the mouth are “prepared” for the fitting of the new prosthetic structure which is then cemented on and cannot be removed by the patient. Fixed prosthesis on implant: a prosthetic product which is built onto correctly osseointegrated implants and is used to restore previously lost teeth.
What is a dental crown?
A crown, commonly referred to as a “cap” is a “fake” tooth which covers a broken tooth or one ruined by decay, to increase its resistance as well as to restore appearance and function.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is a structure that fills any gaps due to one or more missing teeth. In this case, teeth adjacent to lost ones are used as pillars to support the new structure. The choice of pillars plays a fundamental role, as the stability and duration of the fitted prosthesis depends on their quality and number.
When is a single crown recommended?
- in the presence of extensive fillings
to restore or modify the aesthetics of a tooth (colour, shape)
after tooth devitalisation, to protect it from fracturing
when the element presents an extensive trauma fracture
to restore the absence of a single element (crown on dental implant)
When is a dental bridge recommended?
To replace one or more missing teeth
What materials are used?
Many different materials are used, some are metal-free and particularly aesthetic. Here are a few examples:
Ceramic Crown – Lithium Disilicate
Ceramic Crown – Alumina
Ceramic Crown – Zirconium
Ceramic Crown – Precious Metal Alloy
Ceramic Crown – Non-Precious Metal Alloy
Composite Resin Crown – Non-Precious Metal Alloy
Cast Precious Metal Crown
Cast Non-Precious Metal Crown
How is a fixed prosthesis made?
The first step is without a doubt meeting with a professional who will carefully evaluate the best treatment options for your clinical case. Once the need to fit a single crown is identified, the dentist prepares the tooth for this new structure, reducing the external part of the element: in order to achieve desired shape, the Prosthetist will take the impression of both arches. The prosthodontist, chosen by the Dentist, takes over at this point and follows the Doctor’s prescription to complete the product in the desired size and colours. A temporary tooth is fitted during this step of production and the definitive prosthesis is tested. Once all necessary assessments are completed, the Professional cements the finished prosthesis in place.
The surgery Dental@Med in Foligno fits fixed prostheses, with particular attention to dental aesthetics, favouring zirconium or metal-free elements whenever possible. The premises in Foligno are adjacent to the prosthodontic laboratory, considerably cutting completion times.