REMOVABLE COMPLETE DENTAL PROSTHESIS
Given the indisputable progress of dentistry, one wonders if it is still possible to lose all your teeth. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Since many patients confront this reality, complete removable dental prosthesis(or complete dentures) still remains an option to replace teeth.
Complete dentures serve to not only replace missing teeth, but must also restore esthetics, phonetics, speech, masticatory function, and provide a natural appearance.
Complete dental prostheses must be made in harmony with the patient’s face, age, and personal preferences. Anatomical limitations and the adaptability of each patient are factors to consider when treating an edentulous patient.
A thorough clinical examination is required in order to create a treatment plan. The following are included in the dental analysis:
- Medical records(review of the patient’s medical history)
- Intraoral examination
- Extraoral exam (profile, facial shape, etc.)
- Study models
- Radiological assessment (evaluation of the quantity and quality of bone)
- Mucogingival assessment: Assessment of the soft tissues (gums, muscular attachments and ligaments, anatomical abnormalities, etc.)
Only after making the proper diagnosis will the dentist prepare an appropriate treatment plan or refer you to our denturologist, Sarah Azeroual.
REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTAL PROSTHESIS
Removable partial dentures are artificial replacements for one or more missing teeth. They restore and maintain balance in the oral cavity.
They have two objectives:
- Direct objective: to replace lost teeth
- Indirect objective: to preserve the balance of the remaining teeth, bone, gingiva, and the temporomandibular joint.
The purpose of removable partial dentures is to restore the masticatory and esthetic function and to maintain proper position of the remaining teeth. All disciplines of dentistry are involved in achieving these goals.
Supporting teeth may require treatment involving operative dentistry, endodontics, or periodontics before a partial denture is made.
Partial dentures are designed to evenly distribute the forces of mastication over the entire remaining dentition and the soft tissues. Modifications of remaining teeth may be required to help equalize these forces. Planning and design of a prosthesis is essential and specific to each individual case.
A metal framework is designed, and artificial teeth are added to fill the edentulous spaces.
The respective roles of the patient and dentist do not end at the delivery of the prosthesis. Regular follow-ups play a major role in maintaining the prosthetic balance. It is essential to ensure longevity of the prosthesis as well as the surrounding oral and dental structures
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