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What are Dental Prosthetics in Reading?

Dental Prosthetics in Reading

Dental Prosthetics in Reading

There are any number of reasons that you might be missing teeth; whether it’s from natural tooth decay, trauma, or the destruction of the tissue that holds teeth in place. Prosthetics in Reading allows for missing teeth or soft tissue to be replaced. It also involves replacing damaged teeth with crowns, which is when the visible part of the tooth is replaced.

What Prosthetics in Reading are Available?

Both fixed and removal dental prosthetics are available. Fixed prosthetic treatment options include bridges and crowns that will be cemented in place in the mouth. Removable prosthetics are things such as dentures.

What do Crowns Fix?

Crowning can be used to fix a badly damaged tooth. If a tooth has been damaged a lot, filled several times over, or has darkened – like it might following root canal treatments – then a crown is a great alternative prosthetics in Reading treatment. Crowning makes the tooth look better and feel stronger. The tooth that needs to be treated will be grounded into a support pillar for the crown to be built on. The dental technician creates the crown according to the individual patients needs and attaches it to the tooth pillar. Crowns can be made from a range of materials including ceramics or metal alloys, or even gold. If you are missing your whole tooth and need an implant, then the crown will be placed on the implant.

What Can Bridges and Partial Dentures Replace?

If you have several missing teeth than a bridge, partial denture, or implant is the prosthetics in reading solution you need. Bridges are fixed onto teeth next to the missing tooth before being crowned. Any gaps as a result of several missing teeth can be covered using dental bridges. Much like a crown, a bridge can be made from a range of materials.

Partial dentures are different from bridges in that they are removable. Partial dentures, for example, could be a plate of metal or plastic with artificial teeth affixed. As the partial dentures are installed in the mouth, the teeth in the denture cover any gaps from missing teeth.

If You’ve Lost All Your Teeth

Should you have lost all your teeth, then the only treatment option is full dentures. Complete dentures replace all teeth and are completely removable. Complete dentures can also be bonded to your mouth with implants, but even then they can be removed if you need to clean them.

How Long do Prosthetics in Reading Last?

It can take you some time to become accustomed to your dental prosthetics. Another factor is that the tissue in your mouth are constantly adapting and changing, which can affect how well your prosthetics fit. You should visit your dentist in Reading regularly to have the fit of your prosthetics checked. The dentist will be able to make any necessary adjustments. Practicing good oral hygiene will also help your dental prosthetics last longer. A good dental prosthetic can last you a lifetime if you take good care of it.

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